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RCMU services can be utilized to perform full study management, to assist with specific study components, or to fill-in for regular research staff as needed.

A list of common services is below. If you have requests for study coordination services not listed, please ask.

Study start-up

  • Feasibility assessment (eg. review recruitment plan, methods, implementation, timeline, etc.)
  • Develop study budget
  • Prepare/submit regulatory documents to the IRB and/or study sponsor
  • Develop consent forms and/or recruitment materials
  • Develop data collection materials (eg. case report forms, documentation forms, questionnaires, etc.)
  • Create data management tools (eg. REDCap database)
  • Train existing research staff

Study execution

  • Establish workflows in existing environment (eg. in clinic)
  • Screen for and/or recruit study participants
  • Enroll study participants and obtain informed consent
  • Schedule and conduct study visits with participants
  • Collect study data (in-person, by phone or via chart review)
  • Collect and/or process study specimens (may include phlebotomy)
  • Process study participant payments
  • Perform data quality assurance
  • Assist with study reporting (eg. progress reports)
  • Facilitate monitoring or audit visits

Study close-out

  • Perform data quality reviews
  • Complete and organize study records for appropriate storage
  • Manage data queries

Because RCMU coordinators are integrated within TraCS they are able to work closely with other NC TraCS services, such as Biomedical Informatics, Community Engagement, Proposal Development, Recruitment, and Regulatory, leveraging this broad expertise to improve our methods and outcomes.

Get started with RCMU

Request help with full study management, assistance with specific study components, or fill-ins for regular research staff as needed.

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[RCMU staff has] the concept of running a clinical trial and coordinating within UNC. This makes training the specific protocol or therapeutic area much easier and minimizes training time to start a trial.

— RCMU customer

The RCMU is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health, through Grant Award Number UL1TR002489.

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