A Guide for Clinical Research Coordinator Management and Support
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Research faculty who procure extramural funding need departmental support to satisfy the demands of conducting clinical research trials. The growing complexities, regulations, and ethical requirements of clinical research can be arduous. This may discourage faculty who have minimal protected time for research due to clinical and/or training obligations. Often research faculty are unaware of the support a highly qualified Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) can provide. Retaining highly qualified CRCs has become difficult as the role has become more extensive and often leads to burnout. This project involves the development of a guide to assist Principal Investigators in managing and supporting Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs). The guide is an easy to follow, comprehensive resource that provides information on hiring, training, workload management, and helpful tips on professional development and performance evaluation, based on research and the author’s experience as a CRC and assistant director of research for over 25 years.