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FAQ about the CRP

  1. Can the CRP help me learn what I need to know as an investigator or study coordinator?
  2. Can the CRP help me translate my interesting clinical question into an active research project?
  3. I can’t afford a full-time study coordinator. Can I get help without having to hire someone myself?
  4. Can I get help identifying specific patient population?
  5. What is RSVP for Health (Research Study Volunteer Program)?
  6. What If I am interested in research on health services or disease management?

  1. Can the CRP help me learn what I need to know as an investigator or study coordinator? The CRP’s Education Unit works collaboratively with other departments in the hospital to create lectures and courses for investigators, fellows, study coordinators and study staff. Information on current educational offerings and online registration are available through our website: http://hub.partners.org/crp.

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  2. Can the CRP help me translate my interesting clinical question into an active research project? Faculty from the CRP can help during the “incubation” period, offering counsel as you articulate your idea, refine your hypothesis and seek funding. A biostatistician can provide initial consultation on study design. Staff can also assist with:
      • Reviewing proposals
      • Identifying sources of potential funding
      • Developing and negotiating budget
      • Institutional Review Board (IRB) and regulatory processes
      • Recruiting study subjects

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    • I can’t afford a full-time study coordinator. Can I get help without having to hire someone myself? Study coordinators from the CRP are available on a fee basis to help manage your IRB submission and day-to-day protocol activities. The CRP can also expand coordinator support during concentrated periods of recruitment or site visits.

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    • Can I get help identifying specific patient population? The Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR) is a central clinical data repository consisting of patient demographic data; diagnoses; procedure and inpatient pharmacy data; and laboratory pathology and radiology reports. The RPDR can be queried to assess the feasibility of conducting a clinical study and the availability of patient populations. With IRB approval, users can access specific patient and provider information. For information, please visit http://rpdrweb/partners/rpdrinfo/start

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    • The RSVP for Health (Research Study Volunteer Program), a database of people interested in participating in clinical studies, is available to Mass General investigators. For information, please visit www.rsvpforhealth.org

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    • What If I am interested in research on health services or disease management? For selected common diagnoses, the CRP works with primary and specialty care physicians as well as institutional quality improvement initiatives to:
        • Develop important hypothesis-driven clinical research questions
        • Identify patterns of care and individual variation
        • Supply computer applications that link clinical data, care guidelines and data for research
        • Support rigorous evaluation of operational programs

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