Expanding the Team
Clinical research studies fail because of loss of interest of the investigators, financial losses during the study, and the complexity of trials today. Financial well-being of a site depends on enrolling and retaining enough research subjects. This can be facilitated by adding staff and dividing the labor of the research office in different specialties. The research team starts with a principal investigator and a clinical research coordinator. As a team achieves success, personnel can be added in the following areas: front desk, data entry, recruiting, financial management, site manager, and regulatory. Finally, the site may grow by adding subinvestigators and/or satellite offices.