Clinical research coordinators plan, direct, or coordinate clinical research projects. They direct the activities of workers engaged in clinical research projects to ensure compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives. They may evaluate and analyze clinical data.
A clinical research coordinator career progression (CRC) is responsible for conducting clinical trials using good clinical practice (GCP) under the auspices of a principal investigator (PI).
In a clinical research coordinator job, one performs specific protocol procedures such as interviewing subjects, taking vital signs, and performing electrocardiograms. They schedule subjects for procedures or inpatient stays as required by study protocols; assess the eligibility of subjects through screening interviews, reviews of medical records, or discussions with physicians; prepare documentation, like protocol worksheets, procedural manuals, adverse event reports, institutional review board documents, or progress reports; and, inform patients or caregivers about study aspects and outcomes to be expected.
They record adverse events and side effects data, monitor study activities, maintain required records, and oversee subject enrolment.
A CRC certification is required after obtaining a bachelor’s degree, and candidates are required to have considerable skills, knowledge and work-related experience. The required skills include communication, coordination, critical thinking, problem-solving, judgement and decision making, learning strategies, persuasion, service orientation, monitoring and social perceptiveness.
Research coordinators need knowledge of medicine and dentistry, customer service and administration. They work in government and private research organisations, hospitals, and laboratories, and clinical research coordinators’ salary is commensurate to the nature of the work.
Successful research coordinators should have leadership qualities, be innovative, persistent, cooperative, and have concern for others.
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