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CRC Perspective: Failing to Embrace Our Potential

Scan. E-mail. Re-scan. Set weekly reminders. Scan. E-mail. Answer questions. Resend e-mail. Defend self, stating that the documents have already been scanned and e-mailed. Re-resend e-mail anyway. I had occasion for the past few months to return to where I started in research—being a clinical research coordinator (CRC). It is the job that holds the […]

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Guest Editor’s Message: In Search of Perspectives from Sites on the Front Lines

The primary theme of our August Clinical Researcher issue is the study site; truly the central axis on the front lines of the clinical research enterprise. Virtually all other organizations are connected to, or dependent on, sites: sponsors, contract research organizations (CROs), institutional review boards, electronic data capture (EDC) vendors, etc. Not surprisingly, nearly two-thirds […]

On the Job: Tackling Waste in Clinical Research

I tried to tally them all, but there were just too many. I stopped counting at 153 pre-packaged laboratory kits that had expired before we ever had a reason to use them in the latest ongoing trial at our study site. Receiving a shipment of such kits from a central lab is a routine occurrence […]

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The Real Reason Sites Need eSource

Most discussion about electronic source (eSource) documentation in the clinical research enterprise starts from a sponsor standpoint, with eSource being viewed as an extension—almost a mobile version—of electronic data capture (EDC). In this view, sponsors provide sites with eSource systems that the sites use to collect data, which are then transmitted to the EDC system. […]