Case Report Form Training

Case Report Forms.  In the world of clinical research, these forms are the basis for marketing approval.  Well-designed, they can foster faster, better and more accurate completion.  But be it paper-based or electronic, training users to use them can be a challenge.

Even if trained correctly, there are often a series of delays from after training users to when they use the system. This delay all but ensures that most training efforts go to waste.  Another obstacle is the nature of either listening or watching someone complete a case report form. Describing what to do and not do further leads to decreased understanding and performance.  Replicate this over an entire casebook and it is little wonder that high numbers of data queries still exist in clinical research today.

A Better Way to Train

But alas, there is a better way!  Tools exist to create interactive case report form training.  You can use these tools in both a self-paced or instructor-led format.

Through effective instructional techniques, the latest tools in the field of eLearning, and a little bit of ingenuity, case report form training for clinical research can be transformed!

Developers of training should ensure that it focuses on key aspects of the system, the form, or the field they are presenting.  Instruction should also include:

  • nuances to be aware of
  • key points to remember
  • past success or failures with similar fields and forms

If you developed a self-paced eLearning course, you can use this as refresher training. It can help those sites that have long since forgotten the initial training they received.

To go one step further, there are some very effective tools that can deliver real-time contextual level support.  These tools monitor system use and form completion. They also present simple, short instructional reminders on correct form completion techniques.  Some can even clone the electronic data capture system and allow the users to have an interactive simulation without ever using the system.

Through effective instructional techniques, the latest tools in the field of eLearning, and a little bit of ingenuity, case report form training for clinical research can be transformed!

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