Book DetailAuthor/Editor(s): Robert D. Toto, Michael J. McPhaul
Publication Date: September 9, 2010
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Size: 1.25 MB
Book DescriptionClinical and translational research is a crucial link to the improvement of clinical care and practice. Many of the elements that are involved—physicians, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory testing, medical records—are also involved in the delivery of care to patients. Yet in the conduct of clinical research, these elements are arrayed in different configurations and constrained by rules and regulations that are distinct from those that guide the practice of medicine. In parallel with these considerations, the conduct of clinical research demands a specific skill set. Specialized tools are required to formulate and design informative clinical trials and to interpret the findings from such experiments.
To address these needs, institutions have established didactic programs to train research personnel in disciplines ranging from experimental design, to statistics, to the ethics of research. Despite the availability of these important resources at many institutions, such training is not uniformly available. Further, even within institutions at which such training is readily available, we have perceived a need for a basic guide designed to facilitate the recognition of basic potential roadblocks and to help identify the critical elements and resources necessary to transform a research proposal into an active research protocol. During the evolution of our own clinical research training programs, we identified a gap between completing the writing of a clinical research protocol and implementing the protocol in the research environment. This book 'Clinical Research: From Proposal to Implementation' is an attempt to fill that gap. We anticipate that teachers, students, and experienced investigators will find this book extremely valuable in understanding and improving the conduct and completion of clinical and translational research studies.