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Your job is to Plan, direct, or coordinate clinical research projects. Direct the activities of workers engaged in clinical research projects to ensure compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives. May evaluate and analyze clinical data.
Common job titles of Clinical Research Coordinators include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
55.54% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
12.22% said they needed a Master's Degree.
Monitor study activities to ensure compliance with protocols and with all relevant local, federal, and state regulatory and institutional polices.
Assess eligibility of potential subjects through methods such as screening interviews, reviews of medical records, or discussions with physicians and nurses.
Maintain required records of study activity including case report forms, drug dispensation records, or regulatory forms.
Dispense medical devices or drugs, and calculate dosages and provide instructions as necessary.
Inform patients or caregivers about study aspects and outcomes to be expected.
Perform specific protocol procedures such as interviewing subjects, taking vital signs, and performing electrocardiograms.
Schedule subjects for appointments, procedures, or inpatient stays as required by study protocols.
Maintain contact with sponsors to schedule and coordinate site visits or to answer questions about issues such as incomplete data.
Track enrollment status of subjects and document dropout information such as dropout causes and subject contact efforts.
Communicate with laboratories or investigators regarding laboratory findings.
Contact outside health care providers and communicate with subjects to obtain follow-up information.
Oversee subject enrollment to ensure that informed consent is properly obtained and documented.
Contact industry representatives to ensure equipment and software specifications necessary for successful study completion.
Participate in preparation and management of research budgets and monetary disbursements.
Register protocol patients with appropriate statistical centers as required.
Arrange for research study sites and determine staff or equipment availability.
Code, evaluate, or interpret collected study data.
Collaborate with investigators to prepare presentations or reports of clinical study procedures, results, and conclusions.
Direct the requisition, collection, labeling, storage, or shipment of specimens.
Identify protocol problems, inform investigators of problems, or assist in problem resolution efforts, such as protocol revisions.
Instruct research staff in scientific and procedural aspects of studies including standards of care, informed consent procedures, or documentation procedures.
Organize space for study equipment and supplies.
Order drugs or devices necessary for study completion.
Participate in the development of study protocols including guidelines for administration or data collection procedures.
Prepare study-related documentation, such as protocol worksheets, procedural manuals, adverse event reports, institutional review board documents, or progress reports.
Record adverse event and side effect data and confer with investigators regarding the reporting of events to oversight agencies.
Review proposed study protocols to evaluate factors such as sample collection processes, data management plans, or potential subject risks.
Confer with health care professionals to determine the best recruitment practices for studies.
Develop advertising and other informational materials to be used in subject recruitment.
Interpret protocols and advise treating physicians on appropriate dosage modifications or treatment calculations based on patient characteristics.
Review scientific literature, participate in continuing education activities, or attend conferences and seminars to maintain current knowledge of clinical studies affairs and issues.
Solicit industry-sponsored trials through contacts and professional organizations.
Prepare for or participate in quality assurance audits conducted by study sponsors, federal agencies, or specially designated review groups.
Laser facsimile machines
Digital video equipment
IBM SPSS Statistics
5AM Glassbox Translational Research
Clinical data management system CDMS
Drug coding software
DZS Software Solutions ClinPlusAll Technologies
Electronic data capture EDC software
InferMed MACRO Electronic Data Capture
Invivo Data EPX ePRO Management System
Online data collection systems
Patient tracking software
PercipEnz Technologies OnCore-Clinical Research Management OnCore-CRM
Phase Forward InForm GTM
PPD Patient Profiles
Project management software
Qualitative analysis software
Sierra Scientific Software CRIS
StudyManager Sponsor Edition
SyMetric Sciences SyMetric
TOPAZ Enterprise Software Suite
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Teaching others how to do something.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.