Multi-Page eForms

eForms are often long and complicated, which can be overwhelming for patients. To prevent this, you may wish to break your eForm up into separate eForms and link them together in a Favourite grouping, through eFormActions, or using tablet rules. However, these approaches have drawbacks:

  • Scripting across forms is very awkward
  • Research study data is broken into multiple studies
  • Form memory logic can be complicated
  • ...etc

Sometimes, it may be easier to just have a single question on each page, to mimic the presentation of multiple eForms, which is where multi-page support in the Ocean eForm Editor becomes useful. To the patient, a multi-page eForm is indistinguishable from completing multiple pre-loaded eForms. But, when you view the form from your EMR or the Ocean portal, it is a single eForm.

The best way to understand multi-page eForms is to understand how they are structured. In the eForm editor, there is a new checkbox that will indicate that this is a multi-page eForm. This can be found under the Action menu at the top right, within "Form Properties". Selecting this checkbox tells Ocean to present the top-level of sections as discrete pages.

In the eForm editor, the form will look more or less the same, making it easier to edit. Just treat those top level sections as new pages. Later, when you preview or load the form on a tablet, you will see the sections shown as discrete pages.

For an example, check out the 2015 version of the Health Quality Ontario patient experience survey.

Note: You might need to upgrade your tablets to use the multi-page feature (you should be on version 102 or higher).

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