Impact of a Risk-Based, Study-Specific Training Program on Research Coordinator Competency

Clinical Researcher—June 2020 (Volume 34, Issue 6) PEER REVIEWED Jessica Fritter, MACPR; Melissa Metheney, BSN, CCRC; Sally Jo Zuspan, RN, MSN   Clinical research coordinators (CRCs) are on the front lines of clinical research and play an integral role in human subjects’ protection and protocol adherence. Despite this critical role, many CRCs report inadequate training […]

Navigating a Career as a Clinical Research Professional: Where to Begin?

Clinical Researcher—June 2020 (Volume 34, Issue 6) PEER REVIEWED Bridget Kesling, MACPR; Carolynn Jones, DNP, MSPH, RN, FAAN; Jessica Fritter, MACPR; Marjorie V. Neidecker, PhD, MEng, RN, CCRP   Those seeking an initial career in clinical research often ask how they can “get a start” in the field. Some clinical research professionals may not have […]

Using a Master Protocol and Mobile Technology to Accelerate COVID-19 Research

Clinical Researcher—June 2020 (Volume 34, Issue 6) SPECIAL FEATURE Ingrid Oakley-Girvan, PhD, MPH   The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an unprecedented impact on individual lives, families, communities, healthcare systems, and economies around the world. For the public health and scientific community, there is an immediate need to accelerate COVID-19 research for diagnostic testing, immunity […]

How to Master the Clinical Trials Data Explosion

Clinical Researcher—June 2020 (Volume 34, Issue 6) GOOD MANAGEMENT PRACTICE Lars Behrend, PhD; Michael Sigmund, DVM   According to an annual survey of the American software company Veeva, 81% of all professionals use spreadsheets during the start-up phase of clinical trials.{1}Therefore, it is hardly surprising that all of the survey respondents (100%) considered improvements in […]

Is Your Site’s CRC Training Methodical or “Trial by Fire”?

Clinical Researcher—June 2020 (Volume 34, Issue 6) SITE STRATEGIES Elizabeth Weeks-Rowe, LVN, CCRA   Learning to become a clinical research coordinator (CRC) can be an exhilarating and overwhelming process. Whether you are employed at a small research site or a large academic institution, the expectations are the same: to gain a foundational understanding of clinical […]