The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Virtual ACRP 2020, Part II – Study Management & Conduct (Part 2) Track Replay

This package is a replay of the ACRP 2020 Virtual, Part II Program.  It includes the following sessions:

  • Shades of Gray: Navigating Ethics in Every Day Research

Research coordinators regularly face questions involving “everyday ethics” – scenarios that arise in the course of work that cause one to pause. Is it okay to continue with enrollment? Do I need to involve the PI? Is this a question for the IRB or a research ethics consultant? We will present real case scenarios and employ group discussions to examine these ethical questions within the context of the research setting. Attendees will be encouraged to share everyday ethics issues they have encountered in their own work. After focusing on everyday ethics, we will present eight benchmarks that are used to evaluate the ethical nature of research. We will conclude with the presentation of a case that goes beyond every day ethics and use the benchmarks to guide our discussion. Speakers: Mike Donahue, BS, Research Coordinator & Manager, Data and Safety Monitoring Program, Clinical Trials Office/University of Washington Medicine; Stephanie Kraft, JD, Assistant Professor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute; Kathryn Porter, JD, MPH, Research Scientist, Seattle Children’s Research Institute

  • To Peer or Not to Peer Review, That is the Question: Peer Review as a Quality Assurance Tool for Site Monitoring Visit Reports

Peer review is defined as the scrutiny and evaluation of a person’s work by one or more people within the same discipline and with similar expertise. It functions as a form of self-regulation by qualified members of a profession within their field. The peer review process is thought to assure accuracy, provide credibility, support and maintain integrity and authenticity in writing in addition to encouraging writers to produce high-quality documents. The site monitoring visit report (SMVR) is an essential document in clinical research with far-reaching impact that could benefit from the peer review process. Peer review can also help CRAs improve their writing skills. This session will explore the peer review process, benefits and drawbacks, how it can be implemented for SMVRs and present CRA feedback on its use. Speakers: Roslyn Hennessey, PA, MS Project Manager, Westat; Bert Arevalo, BS, CCRP, Senior Clinical Research Associate, Westat

  • No Participants, No Trial (Don’t Plan for Everything, but Recruitment)

Meeting recruitment goals and timelines is a consistent challenge, and the responsibility typically falls to the research coordinator. Research coordinators are often asked to develop recruitment plans and materials with a limited budget and limited creative backgrounds. This session will provide practical guidance and tips to characterize the study population and their needs, track and measure recruitment strategy success, and create eye-catching recruitment materials to develop an effective recruitment strategy. Speakers: Charles Gregor, MPH, Trial Innovation Network Coordinator, University of Washington; Mike Donahue, BS, Research Coordinator & Manager, Data and Safety Monitoring Program, Clinical Trials Office/University of Washington Medicine

  • Social Media and Participant Recruitment: What We’ve Learned So Far

Researchers are increasingly using Facebook to recruit prospective participants in research studies. Due to the limited guidelines and regulations regarding the use of social media, institutions and sponsors struggle with the timely and effective evaluation of social media protocols. To harness the potential of social media and to ethically and effectively recruit participants into research studies, there is a need for evidence-based best practices for using social media as a recruitment strategy. We will discuss our stakeholder-informed process as a case study to demonstrate how we established social media guidelines and how we evaluate the effectiveness of using Facebook to recruit research participants. Practically, institutions and sponsors can model our process to develop, implement, and evaluate procedures for using social media as a strategy for recruitment.  Speaker: Elizabeth Flood-Grady, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, STEM Translational Communication Center, Clinical Translational Science Institute, University of Florida

Purchase Track Replay

This program is a compilation of recorded sessions from Virtual ACRP 2020, Part II.