Clinical Research Coordinators conduct clinical trials with patients at clinical research sites such as doctors’ offices, hospitals and universities. They are responsible for ensuring that trials are conducted using good clinical practice measures and that the protocols of the study are followed according to plan. Clinical Research Coordinators also help ensure the trial is conducted in an ethical manner. Coordinators work closely with doctors, patients and other clinical staff and play an important role in the development of new drugs, devices and other treatments that are used to cure diseases and help improve our lives.
The average day of a clinical researcher varies with each research site but can be generalized by the role of a Clinical Research Coordinator who conducts in-person visits with the human subjects involved in trials, documents the progress and side effects of the new treatments, and oversees the delivery of the protocol (or treatment plan) with patients enrolled in the study.