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1 The Study Coordinator’s Role in Investigator- originated Studies
Diane Davies RN Manager, Clinical Research Unit Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Consultant: CTSI and QIU

2 Let’s talk about you, the study coordinator ……
Educated, motivated and you like and care about people!!!! As a study coordinator you often become attached to the patients and want what is best for the patients and their families!!!!

3 Skills you bring to the position:
Verbal Communication Written Communication Information Technology Skills Problem Solving Organizational Skills Teamwork with Peers

4 Skills you will acquire as a Study Coordinator:
Ethical Conduct-Maintaining Data Integrity, GCP Guidelines Drug/Device/Biologics Development Clinical Care in a Medical Center Setting Clinical Trial Budgets & Financial Management Medical and Scientific Terminology Regulations and Guidelines applicable to Clinical Research Data Management Leadership Teamwork among Medical Professionals

5 Objectives Define an investigator-originated study
Define your role in the 3 stages of a study Pre-study (study set up period) Study Conduct Period Data Analysis and Closeout

6 An investigator-originated study is defined as…
A study that is the PI’s original or collaborative idea. The PI owns the data These studies are often sponsored by the NIH or other agencies that grant money for scientific ideas.

7 Other Funding At UCSF investigators can also use gift or departmental funds to finance a study Drug manufacturers can also finance this type of study. These studies are usually called Investigator Sponsored Trials or IST’s The manufacturer will supply the drug/device and may pay per patient enrolled

8 Investigator-originated studies include:
Therapeutic (intended to cure or prolong a life) Symptom management Prevention Early detection/diagnostic Correlative – Imaging/ tissue/ blood Population-based studies: Epidemiology/Surveys/Observational Quality-of-life

9 The Principal Investigator
is responsible for: The entire conduct of the study Protocol design Funding and approvals from contracts and grants Human subject approvals Data collection and analysis Publication of results

10 The investigator must assure the welfare of all subjects enrolled:
Subject management: recruitment practices, HIPAA policies informed consent process Adverse event identification and reporting: Any serious adverse event must be reported to the UCSF CHR and if your investigator holds an IND or IDE that event must be reported to the FDA through MedWatch reporting program

11 The Investigator and the Study Coordinator
SC are hired to “coordinate” the study, you are not “responsible” for the study….. this can be a fine line between you and the PI Developing a rapport with your PI: Use the Delegation of Responsibilities Log to start your conversation with the PI The Log is found on the QUI website Ask your PI about their vision of the study Will this lead to further studies Will this device or drug provide new information Do they have plans for an abstract or publication/ timeline

12 The important role of the SC
Human Subject Protection Ensuring that the study and consent have current CHR approval The most current consent is used, the consent process has occurred and all patients questions have been answered. Subject safety, the protocol is followed and all serious adverse events are identified and reported

13 Examples of SC responsibilities
CHR applications, renewals and reporting of SAE / protocol violation Scheduling subject visits/ collection of biological samples Interviewing subjects / Collection of questionnaires Abstracting study data into database or Case Report Forms Data Integrity Liaison with Medical Center Study Budgets

14 you should know about…….

15 Regulations for Human Subjects
Office of Health and Human Services & Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) Food and Drug Administration Code of Federal Regulations 21 CFR parts 11, 50, 54, 56, 312, 314, 812, 814 45 CFR part 46

16 Committee on Human Research (CHR) applications and renewals
The organization that is responsible for providing the infrastructure at UCSF for clinical research is the Human Research Protection Program ( HRPP) Committee on Human Research (CHR) applications and renewals Quality Improvement Unit (QIU) post approval reporting

17 Clinical & Translational Research Institute
The CTSI Clinical & Translational Research Institute Find Consultation Services Search Research Cores at UCSF Use Clinical Research Center

18 CTSI Consulting Services
Biostatistics Study Design and Implementation Data Management Ethics Health Policy Bioinformatics Data Analysis

19 CTSI Consulting Services
Regulatory Knowledge (RKS) Consultation Regulatory requirements (including FDA and IRB) Interactions with regulatory authorities Regulatory strategies across the spectrum of preclinical to late phase clinical research

20 Drugs/Biologics and Devices
A investigator who files an IND or IDE application must comply with: Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) title 21 – 312 (FDA regulations) International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) topic E6, Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (GCP’s) If you need advice contact CTSI- RKS

21 Clinical Research Centers Inpatient and Out-patient locations
San Francisco General Hospital Moffitt Hospital Mount Zion Hospital Moffitt Pediatrics Hospital Tenderloin Center CHORI Children's Hospital Adults Kaiser Oakland Research Unit Veterans Affairs Medical Center         

22 CTSI- Clinical Research Centers Services
Nursing Services Bionutrition Services      Body Composition & Exercise Laboratories Sample Processing Newborn Intensive Care          Neurodevelopmental Evaluation 

23 Prestudy What is the objective of the study?
Who is the target population? What are the risks to the subject? How and where is the research conducted? What are your resources?

24 Prestudy CHR application IND/IDE application See your MSO regarding:
study budget your role with Grants and Contracts space and work supplies See the Clinic Manager and Administrative Nurse for both outpatient and inpatients care areas orientation

25 Take a look at the study events and determine the enrollment plan
Recruitment plan The grant application will define the study population and target accrual Tips: Where is the study population located, recruitment methods, in person/by letter /by phone or advertisement Take a look at the study events and determine the enrollment plan

26 Make sure your study is registered at Clinical trials
Make sure your study is registered at Clinical after you receive CHR approval

27 Pre-study data collection preparation
The data collection needs to support the study objectives How are you going to gather the data? How are you going to record and store the data? Work with the statistician and PI on the data collection methods

28 What is source documentation ?
The original recording of data, such as the B/P on a VS sheet, a RN/MD note, clinic note, medication record or infusion records / surgical dictation Any signed notes by care providers Test (lab or image reports) downloaded from STOR ER record Telephone notes

29 Pre Study Subject visits-
Layout an enrollment schedule – the visit schedule can snowball and resources will not be available PI/MD time Clinic schedule/OR schedule Interviewers availability Set up a pt. calendar to inform patients of the visits and location of appointment ( Maps/printed directions / parking lots

30 Source documentation you may need to develop
Inclusion/ Exclusion checklist Drug compliance diaries or symptom diaries (make sure the subject signs the diary as you collect it) Log to collect adverse events Log to collect concomitant meds Log documenting the collection of blood or tissue samples

31 What is an Adverse Event
Any change in the subject health, a new symptom, an accident or new diagnosis after the subject has received a drug or device or during a medical procedure These are documented on all device or drug trials while subjects on study They are classified by grade 1-5, or mild, moderate or severe and death. Relationship to the experimental drug or device must be included

32 Questionnaires When using a validated questionnaire you do not need source documentation FACT QOL Depression Scales Make sure the form has the subject identifier and date of completion- some forms require a signature

33 Case Report Forms (CRF’s)
CRF’s is the paper or electronic form that collect the data needed for study analysis Paper vs. Electronic data base Use unique identifiers (initials and study number) If data is missing indicate by UNK Code entries/ do not use text PE Normal = 1 abnormal= 2 not done =3

34 Your Primary Role in Data Collection is to Maintain Data Integrity
Complete and accurate accumulation of information as specified in the study protocol Followed by the accurate transfer of this information (data) to the data collection method It is preferable to use electronic data entry, set –up in secure relational database versus paper forms or an Excel file

35 Prestudy Setting up your files
Create a system to keep all approvals in order If the study changes, send in an amendment to the CHR Remember to do a CHR yearly renewal

36 Regulatory Files Set-up and Maintain Regulatory Binder or File
IRB required on-study documentation Initial approval and approved consent Protocol modification Single Subject exceptions Informed consent modifications Annual renewals Onsite serious adverse events Official Communication with the CHR

37 Enrollment and Screening Logs
Create a log to track all potential subjects Screening logs (initials and dates/ keep copies of the consents) Enrollment logs: Name, DOB ,contact information Date of consent Demographics (reporting to granting agencies) Dates of treatment / evaluation or 1st questionnaire

38 Are you ready? Must have full CHR approval including recruitment materials !!! Grant and contracts must have full authorization and final signatures !!! Is the study is registered on Clinical ? Is the Fund/ DPA set up with a ZZ account ? Do you know how to link study subjects on IDX ?

39 Screening and Enrollment
Document clearly: Consent procedure Determining eligibility – time frame of testing is often very important use a checklist Obtain signatures of the PI/ NP or other supervisor Collect supporting documentation Review with PI and obtain signoff Inform the patient of the next steps, who informs the subject that they can participate in the study ?? Give study calendar to the subject with projected dates and set up the next appt. Randomization –who will inform the patient if the study is not double blind

40 The subject has been enrolled:
What are my next steps? Ensure protocol interventions are carried out in a safe and timely manner per protocol guidelines: Procedures Laboratory/radiology tests Study drug administration

41 Study Implementation and Documentation
Documentation specific to protocol Note should start with protocol number Investigator or staff should clearly document informed consent process and any re-consenting Investigator / RN should document dosing and dose modifications. Investigator should document relationship of adverse events to study participation, management of event, and when it resolved

42 Study Implementation Data Collection
Abstract data from a variety of sources to complete CRF Obtain medical reports; forms for off-site offices Create and maintain source documents/shadow charts Enter information on the CRF database/paper

43 Study Implementation Maintain study drug supply/devices
Shipping receipts, dispensing log Document communications with “Medical Science Liaison (MSL)” regarding study conduct Maintain worksheets for investigator/division to track on-study activities, costs, and scheduling

44 Study conduct Scheduling subject visits and exam- this can be very time consuming Keep up with the subject data collection Use study chart (shadow file) to have medical records at your desk Do not forget to set aside time for data entry, double check or have someone audit your data Review the data with the PI, find out when a presentation or abstract is planned

45 Study Conduct Keep your subject log up to date, track all study visits
Review the billing charges to your study Liason with your dept finance personnel Enter the date off study or completion of study If long term follow up of subjects is required - create a method to track the next contact –(use an electronic calendar or excel spreadsheet with calculations

46 The PI and SC relationship
Keep your PI and other investigator informed of any changes and updates Meetings 1:1 Weekly Team meeting Ask your PI how s/he wants to be informed. What s/he needs to know about immediately, or at the end of the day or in a weekly meeting.

47 The study has ended, what now ??
All subject follow-up has ended All data is collected Has the pharmacy been notified All data is entered into a data base and the data base is “lock” If you are not going to be contacting a subject or reviewing medical records the study may be “retired at CHR” Notify the CHR using the study close-out report

48 Data Analysis Discuss your role with the PI
Organize the study charts and regulatory files Make sure the PI has the electronic data and there is data back-up Remind the PI to acknowledge the CTSI on publication You may want to send subjects a thank you for their participation and results of the study.

49 Research Protocol Coordination
Pre-Activation Recruitment Treatment/ Activate Team Study Close-Out Adverse Event Collection On-going Data Collection Tumor Response Assessment Protocol Design and Feasibility Patient/Family Education Protocol Modifications Off-Study Follow-up Prepare Regulatory Documents Informed Consent Eligibility Report to IRB Dose Modifications Report to Sponsor/IRB Begin Data Collection Staff Education Initiation Meetings Report Back To Sponsor Off-Study Follow-up Update Patient and Team Budget

50 Seven Ethical Principles*
Social or scientific value Scientific validity Fair subject selection Favorable risk-benefit ratio Independent review Informed consent Respect for subjects *“What Makes Clinical Research Ethical,” Emanuel.

51 More Training Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative – “CITI” required by the CHR for all key personnel Clinical Trials Networks Best Practices Medical Center Annual Safety Training Safe Shipping and Biohazards Blood-borne Pathogens Vaccinations and TB testing- Occupational Health – see your HR dept Research Billing (FOT-519) IDX, STOR, U-CARE

52 Study tools from the QUI
Below is a collection of tools to assist in the conduct and management of clinical research: Delegation of Authority Documentation Log Screening / Enrollment / Withdrawal Log Regulatory File Checklist Drug or Biologic Dispensing / Accountability log Device Dispensing / Accountability Log Example: Study Events Tracking Form Example: Tracking System for Deadlines and Reporting

53 Learn more about your job
Organizations ACRP SOCRA Contact Beverly Fein at for local chapter info Research Practitioner

54 These sites have information for subjects about participation in clinical trials

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