It is known that OpenClinica has an issue with hidden fields in repeating groups that lead to problems in Administrative Editing (see, e.g., https://docs.openclinica.com/release-notes/openclinica-3.1.4-release-notes)
. I have encountered a far more general problem which seems related: When I mark a CRF as complete which at that time has a hidden repeating group (no individual hidden items, but the whole group is hidden, it would be shown by means of a rule), OpenClinica displays a severe bug in later administrative editing: If I change a visible item, reason-for-change alerts are also given for all items in this hidden group. Of course, these fields are hidden, so (1) they have certainly not been changed and (2) I have no way to provide reasons for change for them (as I would need to be able to save the CRF to apply the rule to show them), so in effect the CRF cannot be changed at all after being marked as complete. This strange behaviour does not occur if all originally hidden tables are shown at the time the CRF is marked as complete.
This behaviour strikes me as really limiting, as we have employed hidden tables in our CRF a lot (e.g., have a table requesting details for inclusion/exclusion criteria displayed only if it has been stated that not all criteria have been met). Hiding repeating groups is an attractive feature and I cannot believe that it would generally interfere with administrative editing. However, I have now noted this behaviour across a number of different CRFs and different OpenClinica (albeit all 220.127.116.11) installations and have provided a minimal example in issue #18265.
Has anyone else experienced this problem or can anyone replicate it with the CRF and rule file I have provided? Are there any workarounds?
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