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Clinical Research Coordinators

Plan, direct, or coordinate clinical research projects. Direct the activities of workers engaged in clinical research projects to ensure compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives. May evaluate and analyze clinical data.

Source: O*Net Online


What do Clinical Research Coordinators do?

  • Arrange for research study sites and determine staff or equipment availability.
  • Assess eligibility of potential subjects through methods such as screening interviews, reviews of medical records, and discussions with physicians and nurses.
  • Code, evaluate, or interpret collected study data.
  • Collaborate with investigators to prepare presentations or reports of clinical study procedures, results, and conclusions.
  • Communicate with laboratories or investigators regarding laboratory findings.
  • Confer with health care professionals to determine the best recruitment practices for studies.
  • Contact industry representatives to ensure equipment and software specifications necessary for successful study completion.
  • Contact outside health care providers and communicate with subjects to obtain follow-up information.
  • Develop advertising and other informational materials to be used in subject recruitment.
  • Direct the requisition, collection, labeling, storage, or shipment of specimens.
  • Dispense medical devices or drugs, and calculate dosages and provide instructions as necessary.
  • Identify protocol problems, inform investigators of problems, or assist in problem resolution efforts such as protocol revisions.
  • Inform patients or caregivers about study aspects and outcomes to be expected.
  • Instruct research staff in scientific and procedural aspects of studies including standards of care, informed consent procedures, or documentation procedures.
  • Interpret protocols and advise treating physicians on appropriate dosage modifications or treatment calculations based on patient characteristics.
  • Maintain contact with sponsors to schedule and coordinate site visits or to answer questions about issues such as incomplete data.
  • Maintain required records of study activity including case report forms, drug dispensation records, or regulatory forms.
  • Monitor study activities to ensure compliance with protocols and with all relevant local, federal, and state regulatory and institutional polices.
  • Order drugs or devices necessary for study completion.
  • Organize space for study equipment and supplies.
  • Oversee subject enrollment to ensure that informed consent is properly obtained and documented.
  • Participate in preparation and management of research budgets and monetary disbursements.
  • Participate in the development of study protocols including guidelines for administration or data collection procedures.
  • Perform specific protocol procedures such as interviewing subjects, taking vital signs, and performing electrocardiograms.
  • Prepare for or participate in quality assurance audits conducted by study sponsors, federal agencies, or specially designated review groups.
  • Prepare study-related documentation such as protocol worksheets, procedural manuals, adverse event reports, institutional review board documents, and progress reports.
  • Record adverse event and side effect data and confer with investigators regarding the reporting of events to oversight agencies.
  • Register protocol patients with appropriate statistical centers as required.
  • Review proposed study protocols to evaluate factors such as sample collection processes, data management plans, and potential subject risks.
  • Review scientific literature, participate in continuing education activities, or attend conferences and seminars to maintain current knowledge of clinical studies affairs and issues.
  • Schedule subjects for appointments, procedures, or inpatient stays as required by study protocols.
  • Solicit industry-sponsored trials through contacts and professional organizations.
  • Track enrollment status of subjects and document dropout information such as dropout causes and subject contact efforts.

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Stats for Clinical Research Coordinators in Hawaii

Statewide

Total employment:

~ 220

Average annual openings, 2008-2018 (projected):

~ 20 per year

Median annual salary:

$95,490  ($82,530-$117,290)

Median hourly wage:

$45.91  ($39.68-$56.39)

In Honolulu / Oahu

Total employment:

~ 140

Average annual openings, 2010-2020 (projected):

~ 10 per year

Median annual salary:

$96,280  ($82,530-$115,950)

Median hourly wage:

$46.29  ($39.68-$55.74)

In Hawaii County

Total employment:

~ 30

Average annual openings, 2010-2020 (projected):

(no data)

Median annual salary:

$92,580

In Maui County

Total employment:

(no data)

Average annual openings, 2010-2020 (projected):

(no data)

Median annual salary:

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In Kauai County

Total employment:

(no data)

Average annual openings, 2010-2020 (projected):

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Median annual salary:

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State and county data sources:
hiwi.org (updated July 2012)
bls.gov (updated May 2011)