Clinical research coordinators make sure that all members of the research team are in compliance with rules and regulations that must be followed during the process of conducting a clinical trial, including informed consent. They must also ensure that the materials and supplies used in the trial are kept safely before and during the trial, as well as all documents recorded during the trial period. Clinical research coordinators work with the companies funding the clinical trials to set a budget for the research. They also recruit patients and subjects, maintain a high level of patient care, and submit findings to the company or organization once the study is finished.
Clinical research coordinators are the supervisors involved in all successful drug trials and medical research. Coordinators must gather patients for medical and drug trials by recruiting them and screening them to be sure they fit the guidelines of the trial. Coordinators are responsible for ensuring the trial meets all regulations including those regarding safety, government rules and regulations, and company or hospital ethics. The patients are kept track of by the coordinator in terms of health and progress, and the results are reported to the company. Coordinators may need to find funding for their research, whether through private funds or grants.
These professionals have to not only apply for and attain the grants and funding for the research; they must also figure out an amount for the funding they require. Cost analysis is a large part of this job, as the coordinator must put together a budget that includes how much the research will cost, as well as payroll, travel (for both professionals and subjects), supplies, technology (including internet, fax, and telephone costs), pharmacy costs, and other costs that will affect the budget of the trial.
In order to find subjects for the trials, clinical research coordinators must decide if there are enough willing participants that fit the description of patients necessary for the trials. Once this has been determined, the coordinators agree to take on the project and hire their research team. The coordinator is responsible for overseeing the work of their team during the entire trial process.
Clinical research coordinators must also keep a careful eye on subject care. Patients that participate in clinical trials must be given excellent medical care and evaluation to identify any adverse effects clinical trial treatments may have on their person.