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Primer on Clinical Trials

Oct 14, 2022 1:05 pm

Dr. Jack Cush reviews:

- Should you do clinical trials?

- how to start in clinical trials

- Types of studies

- Benefits to research

Rheumatologists’ Comments


| Oct 14, 2022 7:24 pm

It was a great podcast, really enjoyed. I am a solo Rheumatologist with one part time NP. I tried to get involved in the clinical trials but logistics and initial expense stopped me. Having a separate area or room for research coordinator, hiring a research coordinator, equipment like computers and storage drugs with temperature monitored refrigerator etc threw me off. Can you give some advice ?

Jack Cush, MD

| Oct 16, 2022 12:00 pm

Sometimes you have spend money to make money. Moreover you have to have the space and file/material storage to even consider doing clinical research. Research budgets do provide funds for MD and NP evaluations -- early on you need to invest that back into research costs until you can turn a profit. Some studies will purchase, provide or rent necessary materials you may not have (laptops, EKG, -70 refridgerators, etc). Lastly, budgets from 2-3 studies should be able to cover the salary costs of hiring a DEDICATED, experienced study coordinator. However, most rheumatologists who dont do this kind of research or who dont employ a coordinator will usually cheap out and assign that difficult to someone who is ill-equipped and untrained to do the job (eg, medical assistant or secretary) of a study coordinator -- this is a BIG HUGE mistake. Best wishes as you look into this. JC

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