The role of the clinical research coordinator in multicenter clinical trials

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 1997 May-Jun;26(3):279-85. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.1997.tb02143.x.


The clinical research coordinator plays a crucial role in organizing a site's participation in the expanding arena of multicenter medical and pharmacologic clinical trials. This summary clarifies the role of the clinical research coordinator for inexperienced staff members assuming these responsibilities and outlines planning procedures leading to successful implementation. Emphasis is placed on establishing an interdependent relationship with the principal investigator, careful protocol assessment, team building, and staff feedback. Useful tools such as study manuals and physicians' study orders are described.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Clinical Trials as Topic*
  • Decision Trees
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Job Description*
  • Multicenter Studies as Topic*
  • Nurse Administrators*
  • Research Personnel*
  • Salaries and Fringe Benefits