Disclosures: The authors report that the project described was supported by award Number RC1TW008467 from the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center (“Distance Based Education for International Study Coordinators,” PI Lynda Wilson). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Fogarty International Center or the National Institutes of Health. The authors wish to acknowledge the assistance of Lauren Antia with data analysis.
Enhancing Research Capacity for Global Health: Evaluation of a Distance-Based Program for International Study Coordinators†
Version of Record online: 19 MAR 2013
Copyright © 2013 The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, and the Council on CME, Association for Hospital Medical Education
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Volume 33, Issue 1, pages 67–75, Winter 2013
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Wilson, L. L., Rice, M., Jones, C. T., Joiner, C., LaBorde, J., McCall, K., Jester, P. M., Carter, S. C., Boone, C., Onwuzuligbo, U. and Koneru, A. (2013), Enhancing Research Capacity for Global Health: Evaluation of a Distance-Based Program for International Study Coordinators. J. Contin. Educ. Health Prof., 33: 67–75. doi: 10.1002/chp.21167
- Issue online: 19 MAR 2013
- Version of Record online: 19 MAR 2013
- international research;
- global clinical trials;
- research coordinator education
Due to the increasing number of clinical trials conducted globally, there is a need for quality continuing education for health professionals in clinical research manager (CRM) roles. This article describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of a distance-based continuing education program for CRMs working outside the United States.
A total of 692 applications were received from CRMs in 50 countries. Of these, 166 were admitted to the program in two cohorts. The program, taught online and in English, included 4 required and 1 optional course. Course materials were also provided as hard copies and on CDs. A pretest/posttest design was used to evaluate the outcome of the program in terms of changes in knowledge, participants' capacity-building activities at their research sites; and participant and supervisor perceptions of program impact.
Participants demonstrated significant improvements in knowledge about clinical research, rated course content and teaching strategies positively, and identified the opportunity for interactions with international peers as a major program strength. Challenges for participants were limited time to complete assignments and erratic Internet access. Participants offered capacity-building programs to 5061 individuals at their research sites. Supervisors indicated that they would recommend the program and perceived the program improved CRM effectiveness and site research capacity.
Results suggest that this type of continuing education program addresses a growing need for education of CRMs working in countries that have previously had limited involvement with global clinical trials.