We all realize that it is tough to find and retain great clinical coordinators, and if we have financial support for a coordinator, that person will not always be available for patient recruitment. While CTSI has many offerings to assisting clinical trials, they do not offer a bedside coordinator pool.
The Department of Emergency Medicine has a team of in-house and on-call research nurses and paramedics who provide research coverage 24/7/365; they have research privileges at several local hospitals with PIs who collaborate with U of MN clinicians to recruit potential clinical trial participants. We have an Internal Service Organization (ISO) and an External Service Organization (ESO) agreements to develop contracts for on-call research coverage. The cost is between $45-80/hr of research effort at the bedside and a small retainer fee (spread out among all studies to cover our county-wide ZIP IT notification service through Metro West EMS dispatch). In our work so far, these costs have been negotiated with the funding source by the PI.
We now have funding to cover the cost of the initial feasibility assessment of a study to see if we have services that we can provide for you. If we mutually agree that our team has services you need to help out with your study, we then would negotiate a coverage budget and contract.
As of November 2017, we have worked with seven university departments within the medical and nursing school. Most of our work has been in acute clinical trials where enrollment has stalled because of a lack of coordinator availability or the need to recruit during off hours or on weekends. We are not limited to only this; we have also worked on chart reviews, on recruiting and screening participants to nonacute studies, community engagement, and other efforts such as assisting in regulatory issues an budget development.