Lynda Wilson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Improving education of research coordinators globally
Lynda Wilson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Assistant Dean for International Affairs and Deputy Director, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center on International Nursing was awarded an ARRA Challenge Grants for her project, Distance-Based Education for International Study Coordinators (PERC) (1RC1TW008467-01) from the Fogarty International Center.
Dr. Wilson proposed to address a gap in the availability of training programs to prepare international study coordinators to initiate, manage, and coordinate clinical studies, ensuring maintenance of high scientific and ethical standards and adherence to regulatory requirements. An increasing number of clinical trials, funded by the US and US pharmaceutical companies, are being conducted in other countries. In 1990, 271 drug trials were conducted overseas, in 2008 that number rose to 6485 clinical trials. Consequently, clinical research as an enterprise emerges as a major force in the global economy. In order to conduct valid, reliable and ethical research the roles of the study coordinator is critical to the success of global clinical trials. According to Wilson, “Most research coordinators learn their roles ‘on the job,’ and the lack of adequate training can threaten the quality of clinical research. The goal of the PERC project is to address this deficit by developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally adaptive distance learning courses/applications that can enhance productivity and quality of active US-International research.
To-date 166 research coordinators from 50 countries have completed the 30 week online program. Courses were conducted online using the distance learning platforms of WebCT/VISTA and Black Board and make use of discussion board assignments synchronous internet-based chats and classes. In addition, the project also included several innovative distance education strategies; podcasts, cell phone text messaging to reinforce course content, and development of ePortfolios. Preliminary findings indicate that the PERC participants believed that the training had enhanced their knowledge and skill in performing their jobs and that the program had contributed to improvement in research capacity at their sites. Subsequently, the PERC graduates were able to share what they had learned in the program to over 5000 individuals at their local sites, further enhancing the research capabilities at their sites.
The PERC project ended in August of 2012.
Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentations
Wilson, L.L., Rice, M., Jones, C. T., Joiner, C. I., LaBorde, J., K., & Jester, P. (October 2011). Designing clinical research training for global teams: Lessons learned from the field. Paper presented at the Barnett Clinical Summit (Boston). (Presented by P. Jester)
Joiner, C., Wilson, L., Rice, M., Jones, C. T., McCall, K., & LaBorde, J. (2011, May). Distance-based education for foreign study coordinators (The PERC Study). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, Seattle, Washington.
McCall, K., Jones, C. T., Wilson, L. L., Joiner, C. I., LaBorde, J., Rice, M.,(February, 2011). Lessons learned from the first cohort of participants enrolled in the distance-based education for international study coordinators. Symposium presentation, Annual Meeting of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Jacksonville, Florida.
Rice, M., Joiner, C. I., Wilson, L. L., Jones, C. T., McCall, K., LaBorde, J. (February, 2011). Findings from the first cohort of participants enrolled in the distance-bsed education for international study coordinators. Symposium presentation, Annual Meeting of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Jacksonville, Florida.
Wilson, L. Rice, M., Jones, C., McCall, K., Joiner, C. I., LaBorde, J., Jester, P. (November, 2010). Promoting Enhanced Research Capacity for Global Health Through Distance Based Education for Study Coordinators. Canadian Conference on Global Health. Ottowa, Canada.
Jones, C. T., Wilson, L. Rice, M., Joiner, C. I., LaBorde, J., McCall, K., Jester, P., Carter, S. (November, 2010). International clinical research education and training using distance-learning strategies (the PERC study). Poster presentation at the meeting of the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses. Bethesda, Maryland.
Rice, M., Wilson, L., Jones, C. T., Joiner, C. I., McCall, K., LaBorde, J., & Fawal, H. (September 2010). Distance-based education for international study coordinators. Paper presentation at the meeting of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, D. C.