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Clinical Research Coordinators

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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.

    Work Activities
    • Maintain required records of study activity including case report forms, drug dispensation records, or regulatory forms.
    • Oversee subject enrollment to ensure that informed consent is properly obtained and documented.
    • Schedule subjects for appointments, procedures, or inpatient stays as required by study protocols.
    • Monitor study activities to ensure compliance with protocols and with all relevant local, federal, and state regulatory and institutional polices.
    • Perform specific protocol procedures such as interviewing subjects, taking vital signs, and performing electrocardiograms.
    • Dispense medical devices or drugs, and calculate dosages and provide instructions as necessary.
    • Record adverse event and side effect data and confer with investigators regarding the reporting of events to oversight agencies.
    • Assess eligibility of potential subjects through methods such as screening interviews, reviews of medical records, or discussions with physicians and nurses.
    • Prepare for or participate in quality assurance audits conducted by study sponsors, federal agencies, or specially designated review groups.
    • Identify protocol problems, inform investigators of problems, or assist in problem resolution efforts, such as protocol revisions.
    • Prepare study-related documentation, such as protocol worksheets, procedural manuals, adverse event reports, institutional review board documents, or progress reports.
    • Track enrollment status of subjects and document dropout information such as dropout causes and subject contact efforts.
    • Maintain contact with sponsors to schedule and coordinate site visits or to answer questions about issues such as incomplete data.
    • Inform patients or caregivers about study aspects and outcomes to be expected.
    • Review proposed study protocols to evaluate factors such as sample collection processes, data management plans, or potential subject risks.
    • Direct the requisition, collection, labeling, storage, or shipment of specimens.
    • Code, evaluate, or interpret collected study data.
    • Register protocol patients with appropriate statistical centers as required.
    • Participate in preparation and management of research budgets and monetary disbursements.
    • Interpret protocols and advise treating physicians on appropriate dosage modifications or treatment calculations based on patient characteristics.
    • Arrange for research study sites and determine staff or equipment availability.
    • Participate in the development of study protocols including guidelines for administration or data collection procedures.
    • Instruct research staff in scientific and procedural aspects of studies including standards of care, informed consent procedures, or documentation procedures.
    • Communicate with laboratories or investigators regarding laboratory findings.
    • Contact outside health care providers and communicate with subjects to obtain follow-up information.
    • Review scientific literature, participate in continuing education activities, or attend conferences and seminars to maintain current knowledge of clinical studies affairs and issues.
    • Contact industry representatives to ensure equipment and software specifications necessary for successful study completion.
    • Order drugs or devices necessary for study completion.
    • Confer with health care professionals to determine the best recruitment practices for studies.
    • Solicit industry-sponsored trials through contacts and professional organizations.
    • Collaborate with investigators to prepare presentations or reports of clinical study procedures, results, and conclusions.
    • Organize space for study equipment and supplies.
    • Develop advertising and other informational materials to be used in subject recruitment.
    • Active Listening

      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.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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