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Dr. Lynda Wilson Photo         Dr. Marti Rice Photo       

                Dr. Lynda Wilson                                                 Dr. Marti Rice

                   Co-Investigator                                                      Co-Investigator

Dr. Lynda Wilson and Dr. Marti Rice were Co-Investigators on a study funded by an NIH Challenge Grant  from 2009-2011 by the U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center to develop, implement, and evaluate a four-course continuing education program for study coordinators working at international sites (Grant # 1RC1TW008467-01) .  The program (PERC – Promoting Enhanced Research Capacity for Global Health) ,developed, implemented and evaluated four courses that were offered over a 30-week period each year for 2 years, reaching a total of 150 study coordinators from international sites.  A fifth optional course (Issues in Clinical Research) was also offered for study coordinators who wanted to pursue more in-depth study or develop special projects with mentoring from course faculty.  The lead course faculty member was Carolynn Jones. 

 

Carolynn Thomas  

 

Carolynn Jones

Lead Research Coordination Course Faculty

The first course focused on teaching principles and strategies, to prepare coordinators to teach others at their clinical sites to expand the impact of the program.  The other courses were:  (a) Overview of Historical, Ethical, and Cultural Issues in Clinical Research; (b) Overview of Research Methods and Regulatory Processes in Clinical Research; (c) Overview of Clinical Site Operations and Management; and a fifth optional course on Issues in Clinical Research.  The course content was recorded onto CD ROMS and also provided in notebooks that were mailed to each participant.  The courses were offered over the WebCT/VISTA distance learning platform, and participants were required to post weekly discussion board assignments, and participate in periodic synchronous internet-based chats and classes.  The project used several innovative distance education strategies including use of podcasts, cell phone text messaging to reinforce course content, and development of ePortfolios to document achievement of individual learning objectives.  For further information contact son-perc@uab.edu.

 The project built on lessons learned by project faculty over the previous 3 years offering similar distance-education courses to a total of 75 study coordinators in 14 different countries.  These courses were evaluated positively and had many positive outcomes including publication by eight of the course participants. 

  • Jones, C. T., Jester, P. M., Harrison, L. (2006). Clinical research in low resource countries. Research Practitioner, 7(6), 188-199.
  • Brahmi, A., Reid, C., Masse, B., & Kelly, C. (2006). Meeting retention challenges in Lusaka, Zambia. Research Practitioner, 7(6), 212-213.
  • Makuhunga, P. (2006). Dilemmas in motivating project staff and observing ethical considerations in recruitment and retention in Zimbabwe. Research Practitioner, 7(6), 214-215.
  • Daly, T. B. (2006). Impact of traditional healers in clinical research in Tanzania. Research Practitioner, 7(6), 216-217.
  • Pruenglampoo, B., & Ruangyuttikain, C. (2006). Thai clinical research coordinator's journey in HIVAIDS research. Research Practitioner, 7(6), 217-218.
  • Godbole, S., & Ghate, M. (2006). Issues in managing and coordinating clinical research in India. Research Practitioner, 7(6), 219-220.
  • Ferreira, F. G. F. (2006). Daily challenges in study coordination in Brazil. Research Practitioner, 7(6), 221-222.
  • Kasozi, D. and Matovu, J.K.B. (2008). Challenges in maintaining community involvement in biomedical research: Experiences from Rakai Health Sciences Program, Rakai, Uganda. Research Practitioner, 9(4): pp. 129-134.
  • Mwale, S., Hachiboloma, B., and Stringer, J.S.A. (2009). Use of open public dramas for health education and research participant recruitment. Research Practitioner, 10(1): pp. 24-28.

Distance-Accessible Academic Credit Courses for Study Coordinators

Additional courses have been developed for offering as academic credit courses in the School of Nursing. All courses are distance-based courses, and students can use these courses as a component of an individually designed MSN degree.

 

Students with a baccalaureate degree have the option of taking individual courses. Students who are nurses may apply for the MSN in Clinical Research Management through the Individualized Study Option. For information on Clinical Research Management Options click here .  

 

Dr. Lynda Wilson with Research Coordinators in CIDRZ, June, 2008