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Smith W , Salenius S , Cobb C , Marzan R , Sabina S , Beccaria L , Sitton-Petro T , Werner DL , Kamm M , Lenz S , Taylor T
A Survey of Clinical Research Coordinators in the Cooperative Group Setting of the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN)
Academic Radiology. 2010 Nov;17(11) :1449-1454
PMID: ISI:000283610000017   
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Rationale and Objectives: As one of the newest cooperative groups funded by the National Cancer Institute in 1999, the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) is interested in conducting successful clinical research programs and pursuing quality research. The ACRIN Research Associate (RA) committee was formed in 2000 and felt it important to better understand the demographics, duties, needs, and concerns of ACRIN RAs. Therefore, in 2008, the committee conducted a survey of ACRIN RAs regarding these issues. Materials and Methods: The survey instrument consisted of 33 multiple choice questions covering demographics, salary, job satisfaction, work load, educational background, and training. RAs completed the survey electronically in June 2008. Results: A total of 110 responses were received. All regions of the United States were represented. The years of experience and salary ranged widely from <1 year to 28 years and <=$20,000 to >=$80,000 per year. The majority of respondents held at least a bachelor's degree, with many having previous health-related clinical training; only a small percentage of respondents having had formal training in research. Conclusion: Our survey summarizes the demographics and educational background of the research associates within ACRIN. This may help administrators understand the needs and characteristics of RAs participating in cooperative group research. In today's environment with tight regulatory control, it may become necessary to improve educational standards or require certification through one of the professional research organizations.
Smith, Wendy Salenius, Sharon Cobb, Cynthia Marzan, Roslynn Sabina, Sophia Beccaria, Lorna Sitton-Petro, Tracy Werner, D. Lynn Kamm, Monene Lenz, Suzanne Taylor, Tina National Cancer Institute [U01 CA79778, U01 CA080098] From Rhode Island Hospital, 593 Eddy Street, Suite 17 Gerry House, Providence, RI 02903 (W.S., C.C.); 21st Century Oncology, Ft Myers, FL (S. Salenius); University of California, Los Angeles (R.M.); Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA (S. Sabina); Hilliblum Foundation, San Francisco, CA (L.B.); Clinical Radiologists, S.C., Springfield, IL (T.S.-P.); University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (D.L.W.); University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (M.K.); Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH (S.L.); American College of Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (T.T.). Received April 24, 2010; accepted June 8, 2010. ACRIN receives funding from the National Cancer Institute through the grants U01 CA79778 and U01 CA080098. Address correspondence to: W.S. e-mail: wsmith@lifespan.org 2 Elsevier science inc; 360 park ave south, new york, ny 10010-1710 usa 672to