What is the Clinical Research Program?
The Clinical Research Program
(CRP) is Massachusetts General Hospital’s infrastructure for clinical investigators. It provides direct services to investigators for all types of clinical research: translational, trials and outcomes. The CRP also develops innovative tools to anticipate and enable future opportunities, such as:
- Clinical Support Services assists investigators with study design, biostatistical consultation, funding sources, budgets, survey design and validation, recruitment and study coordination
- Educational Programming provides basic and continuing education and support for clinical investigators, clinical research coordinators, research nurses and study staff
- Informatics tools can help identify potential subjects, navigate the system and find relevant information via “one-stop shopping"
- Genetic and Genomic Consultation helps investigators identify genetic and genomic questions in their protocols and then access resources within the Partners HealthCare System
- Translational Research provides consulting help and educational training to investigators who are interested in translating basic science discoveries into clinically applicable tools for the diagnosis of treatment of human disease; and can help investigators exploit clinical discoveries that require greater elucidation in basic science laboratories. Supports people in the development of a plan for evaluating, manufacturing and testing new therapeutics.
Clinical Effectiveness Consultation supports hypothesis-driven research including operational evaluation that improves patient outcomes through systemic changes in system, provider and patient behaviors while fostering careers of junior faculty.
Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) provides educational programming, proposal preparation consultations, outcome measure support, and stakeholder engagement assistance to help investigators who are navigating the waters of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and PCOR research.
The CRP’s Electronic Health Record Research (EHR) consultations provides support for investigators who are considering studies making use of electronic health records data. Assistance is available for study design, research proposal preparation and generation of preliminary data to support such proposals, linkage with other clinical datasets, and identification of potential co-investigators and collaborators.