Enhancing research capacity for global health: evaluation of a distance-based program for international study coordinators.

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  • INTRODUCTION: Due to the increasing number of clinical trials conducted globally, there is a need for quality continuing education for health professionals in clinical research manager (CRM) roles. This article describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of a distance-based continuing education program for CRMs working outside the United States. METHODS: A total of 692 applications were received from CRMs in 50 countries. Of these, 166 were admitted to the program in two cohorts. The program, taught online and in English, included 4 required and 1 optional course. Course materials were also provided as hard copies and on CDs. A pretest/posttest design was used to evaluate the outcome of the program in terms of changes in knowledge, participants' capacity-building activities at their research sites; and participant and supervisor perceptions of program impact. RESULTS: Participants demonstrated significant improvements in knowledge about clinical research, rated course content and teaching strategies positively, and identified the opportunity for interactions with international peers as a major program strength. Challenges for participants were limited time to complete assignments and erratic Internet access. Participants offered capacity-building programs to 5061 individuals at their research sites. Supervisors indicated that they would recommend the program and perceived the program improved CRM effectiveness and site research capacity. DISCUSSION: Results suggest that this type of continuing education program addresses a growing need for education of CRMs working in countries that have previously had limited involvement with global clinical trials.
  • Keywords

  • Biomedical Research, Capacity Building, Education, Distance, Education, Medical, Continuing, Educational Measurement, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Global Health, Humans, Internationality, Male, Program Evaluation
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    Author List

  • Wilson LL; Rice M; Jones CT; Joiner C; LaBorde J; McCall K; Jester PM; Carter SC; Boone C; Onwuzuligbo U
  • Start Page

  • 67
  • End Page

  • 75
  • Volume

  • 33
  • Issue

  • 1