Cancer treatments are constantly researched and new discoveries are being made at a fast pace. For this reason, groups such as the one discussed by the guest in the video are becoming strong sources of influence among cancer patients. Having such vigilant groups strive to be sources of information that can be used when making informed decisions about the next treatments to pursue.
Contrary to popular belief, starting a new site does not have to be extremely expensive. Although some new sites do require a large amount of capital to start up, there are a few ways to avoid spending too much. One way to reduce initial costs is to partner with a PI that already has a clinic and is willing to wait until the site is profitable before asking for payments.
Even the most experienced CRAs can overlook small errors in patient charts if they are not cautious. For this reason, the CRA students in this video review a patient chart and find new items to focus on during chart review. Some of the topics discussed are patient safety and deviations which are major areas of concern during the life of a study.
This video discusses the importance of educating the general audience on truths and myths about clinical research. The importance of having a good relationship with monitors is also discussed since it gives sites a higher chance of being awarded future studies. Building a positive relationship requires simple strategies such as having a breakdown the of action items from the last visit.
Both established and new sites should prepare for site qualification visits. During the visits site personnel must be prepared to answer questions regarding recruitment, temperature excursions and other critical information. Meanwhile, PI's should focus on having a clear understanding on of the study drug and the study design.
Getting an entry position in clinical research is typically easy to do. The problem that most people face is gaining enough experience to get a different position. One way to obtain experience is to join the CRA academy but a simpler way to gain experience is to go above and beyond the expectations of your department.
Leaders from various professions may not think they are capable of creating enough content to reach their audience because of their limited time constraints. As Brittany Krystle explains, a minimal amount of time and content can go a long way. A great online presence can be produced by posting videos or articles on one platform and then creating conversations about those very same posts on other platforms.
As technology continues to advance, cell phones and other devices that connect to the internet are allowing people from different industries to connect. One of the platforms that has facilitated these connections is LinkedIn which started as a simple networking site for industry leaders. Today LinkedIn and its users are now transforming the platform by producing videos that help inform audiences about the latest changes in a number of fields.
LinkedIn is quickly becoming an industry changing platform because of its ability to connect so many industry leaders. Users seeking to become leaders must learn how to use the platform's algorithms to gain more exposure and find potential connections. As the guest in the video suggests, gaining exposure becomes easier if the user is able to identify their audience's needs and provide high quality content.
The fact that CRA's have a heavy workload is no secret. For this reason, any help that coordinators can provide will go a long way into turning a regular monitoring visit into a pleasant and productive one. Doing this might not seem beneficial to a site but doing so can lead the CRA to recommend you or let you know about future studies.
In this video, Dan answers questions from prospective CRA's and site owners. One of the problems that prospective CRA's face when applying to jobs is to make themselves seem like a good investment to the hiring company. This is because sponsors typically train entry level CRA's for almost a year before sending them to monitor sites.
In this video, a CRA student describes her experience in the CRA academy. This student has completed her internship and describes an overall positive experience possibly due to the small class sizes and available teachers willing to help. After completing the academy, students should be familiar with essential documents and other industry terms which typically confuse people who are inexperienced in research.
CRA's must work with sites that have any combination of friendly, responsive, and experienced sites. For this reason, sites who are interested in developing a relationship with their CRA must find ways to assist the CRA. One common strategy to become more helpful is to update the CRA on the status of action items upon arrival, but other strategies are less obvious and include having power surge protectors available to the CRA.
Site owners and prospective site owners have one of the biggest responsibility at the research sites. Most site owners will try to outsource most of the responsibilities such as coordinating or budget negotiations. However the most successful site owners are those who are familiar with each working aspect of the clinic.
Kits take up space and demand constant attention from study coordinators in order to prevent the kits from expiring before a patient arrives at the site. Unfortunately coordinators don't always have time track expiration dates and quantities for their kits. Fortunately, vendors are noticing a need to track kits and create audit trails to record who used the kits and with which patient.
Training new PI's is crucial to a growing research site. When a new PI sits at their first site qualification meeting they should already be briefed about the basics of running a study. Additionally, the site qualification visit should be for a study that the site can afford not to get.
Job interviews are always stressful for new CRA's. This video provides detailed tips to help anyone prepare and can take away some of the anxiety. Some useful pieces of advice are to use the S.T.A.R method when responding and offer to communicate with the PI about any concerns.
Most people know that facebook can be used to stay in touch with friends and family but few people know just how powerful facebook can be when it comes to advertising. Facebook ads are effective because they use principles such as social proof to increase the number of clicks. As the video demonstrates, Facebook offers tools such as engagement, traffic and conversion to keep ads as relevant as possible to Facebook users.
Having knowledge about clinical research is an extremely valuable asset in the industry. However, the simple fact that a person is aware of certain ideas in research does not guarantee success. This is evident by the fact that site owners and CRA's can quickly be trained in the ideas behind research but additional opportunities must be given to obtain experience.
The IRB plays a crucial role in addressing patient safety during the length of a study. One of the problems that IRB's face is that they must review deviations that are not relevant to patient safety and are instead submitted at the request of overly cautious monitors. Even though they receive high volumes of deviations, boutique IRBs are able to offer a individualized assistance their customers who are attempting to complete the protocol review process.