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Clinical Research Coordinators

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    Skills

    • 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.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Writing

      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    6
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

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

    • Clerical

      Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 120120/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 57.75/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,010
    • Yearly Projected Openings 100

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    Personality

    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Mobile phones
    • Laser fax machine
    • Digital camcorders or video cameras

    Technology

    • Project management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    • Accounting software

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