Change of Season

Springtime adverse effects can affect compliance and recruitment for clinical trials

The Change of Season May Impact the Conduct of your Clinical Trial Happy Summer Solstice. As we enjoy a long midsummer day today in San Francisco I am considering the impact that the change of seasons has on clinical trials. Most trial timelines will span several seasons so as Trial Managers, we try to predict…

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Powerpoint Presenter View

powerpoint presenter view: you see your speaker notes on the laptop as you project but your audience does not

My Speaker Notes A few years ago I gave my first presentation at a professional conference. I was in unchartered territory but happily, friends helped me out with my powerpoint template, slidedeck review and edits, and lots of mock run-throughs; for all that support, I am grateful. What they didn’t show me was ‘Presenter View’.…

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Costs of Risk-Based Monitoring

Are there additional costs with risk-based monitoring of clinical trials?

Are there additional costs with risk-based monitoring of clinical trials? Clinical trials are expensive and in many case studies and presentations I (and some of my executives) have been hearing that risk-based monitoring is a potential cost-saving mechanism; that gets our attention. I have not had direct experience implementing formal targeted risk-based monitoring so today’s…

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Risk-based Monitoring Fatigue

I had Risk-Based Monitoring Fatigure and I thought about starting a support group

If I hear “risk-based” one more time… When it comes to monitoring clinical trials, I feel like “risk-based” is the buzz word for 2013. Every time I heard the phrase I was having an emotional response: a mix between anger, annoyance, and amusement. I had more or less refused to write about it as a…

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Hidden Columns Excel

Who Would Hide Perfectly Good Data? Hopefully you are already aware that you can hide columns and rows in Excel spreadsheets.  This technique is great for stowing away formulas you don’t want anyone to accidentally edit/overwrite in a shared workbook or perhaps to make a spreadsheet skinny enough for printing.  I also like to hide…

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Electronic Data Capture Wishlist

Electronic Data Capture incentive badges reward for the most mundane EDC tasks

Electronic Data Capture: Dreams, Desires, and Demands when evaluating different EDC systems Building a Wishlist This week my team at work met to brainstorm what our ideal Electronic Data Capture (EDC) system would look like and how it would perform. The brainstorm process was really fun and we covered a lot of territory. Now we…

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Find Files Faster

Find Files Faster: 5 Tips for Quickly Searching and Locating Files in Windows 7 I am a Windows 7 search Junkie. I have pins, bookmarks, shortcuts, links, favorites, and Fences to stay organized. As a clinical program manager, I have to be able to put my hands on the files I need with blazing speed. I…

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PIs on Pharma’s Payroll

Who is being paid to conduct clinical trials? A review of Investigator Payments and Sunshine Act buzz

Which Clinical Investigator’s are on Pharma’s Payroll? Yeah, I’ve Heard of the Sunshine Act. What is it again? For today’s installment of Money Matters, let’s review some of the Sunshine Act buzz.  Just in case you missed the memo on this one, In March of 2010, the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act passed the house and the…

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Decluttering my Desktop

computer desktop cluttered? I recommend Fences desktop organization software

Piles of Files. My computer desktop is a cluttered disaster Considerations when storing oodles of files on the desktop Performance Concerns There used to be a noticeable lag for system booting and overall operation when I stored lots of files on my desktop, but the last several laptops I have worked with have Windows 7…

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Pediatric Clinical Trials

an increase in the conduct of pediatric trials

I have not had the opportunity to work on a pediatric trial, however in the past year several people in my network have worked on these trials. I thought it was interesting that more of my old colleagues were working on clinical trials and after a capabilities presentation from ReSearch Pharmaceutical Services last week I…

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