J Korean Soc Clin Pharmacol Ther.  2012 Jun;20(1):60-73.

Perception on Working Conditions and Utilization of Clinical Research Coordinators among Investigators and Sponsors

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, Pusan National University, Korea. jeongis@pusan.ac.kr
  • 2Clinical Trial Center, Pusan National University Hospital, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
This study was aimed to investigate the perception on working conditions and utilization of clinical research coordinators (CRCs) among investigators and sponsors.
METHODS
The participants of this cross-section study were 114 investigators and 138 sponsors including clinical research associates (CRAs) who have worked with CRCs. Data was collected with paper or electronic form of self-administered questionnaires and analyzed with descriptive statistics and chi2 test or t test.
RESULTS
Among investigators and sponsors, 56.1 % and 95.0 % perceived regular full-time positions as proper type of CRC employment, respectively. Those who perceived monthly salary with incentive as proper payment system were 67.5 % of investigators and 68.8 % of sponsors. The proper salary for 2-year CRCs and 5-year CRCs were significantly higher in sponsors than investigators. Investigators perceived CRCs could handle 3 studies as the same time and 5 studies per year. In regard to the difficulty in utilizing CRCs, 68.4 % of investigators perceived lack of experienced CRCs and 84.8 % of sponsors did frequent turnover. Those who responded pooling CRCs by hospital or clinical trial centers as a good solution to hire CRCs easily were 81.6 % of investigators and 58.0 % of sponsors.
CONCLUSION
Almost all investigators and sponsors perceived CRCs were helpful for improving the quality of clinical trials. We recommend each institution or clinical trial centers could introduce the central CRCs' employment and management with proper salary and workload based on the results to maintain experienced CRCs and lessen the turnover of CRCs.

Keyword

Employment; Salary; Workload; Utilization; Clinical research coordinator

MeSH Terms

Calcium Hydroxide
Electronics
Electrons
Employment
Humans
Motivation
Surveys and Questionnaires
Research Personnel
Salaries and Fringe Benefits
Zinc Oxide
Calcium Hydroxide
Zinc Oxide
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