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The Research Practitioner, July/August 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

Conflicts of interest and the clinical investigator

A conflict of interest (COI) can erode the judgment of clinical research professionals, leading to questions about their professionalism and integrity. Every professional has a COI. It could be an interest in a promo­tion, a financial collaboration, or a need to gain more research funding or be published in a medical journal. The May 2, 2017, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) looked at the issue of COI; one topic addressed biomedical researchers and the difference between financial and nonfinancial possible biases.

The need for, and barriers to, adopting eSource

Electronic data collection responsi­bility borne by investigative sites to support each clinical trial is onerous, with little to no relief in sight. In many instances, these responsi­bilities are being managed at the same time that paper data collection pro­cesses are prevalent. Sites are inputting medical and medication information into electronic medical records (EMR), data into elec­tronic data collection (EDC) systems, and site personnel are creating and completing study-specific source data document templates to capture case report form (CRF) and site activity and management data.


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