Well it’s no secret that our industry is a fan of acronyms. Acronyms are widely used as helpful mnemonic devices to remember important or useful information. And, let’s face it- from examples like ALCOA to FAIR Shake, they’re just too good to stop using! Here’s another to add to the list that revolves around monitors.
We’re often asked- What makes a good monitor? While there is no easy, simple answer to this question, being a monitor requires a mixture of a lot of different key components. Express Pharma Online attempted to simplify a complex answer, while describing some of the monitor’s roles, all in one acronym.
So, what makes a good monitor? One that is “SMART”:
“The monitor serves as the main communication link between the sites and the sponsor”
“This means planning ahead to prevent potential problems, organizing available resources properly, motivating the site and controlling the situations constantly.”
“The monitor is the first level auditor in pointing out problems, misconduct, fraud..”
“The monitor must send a letter to the site and prepare a written report of each visit within a reasonable time.”
T- Trainer (or traveler!)
“Training is a continuous activity in clinical research.”
“Last but not the least; the monitor should enjoy travelling as this job involves a lot of traveling”.
In addition to the “snip-its” above, the article also provides details on each aspect of the acronym as they relate to a monitor. How accurate do you think this acronym is? Is there any you would add? Let us know, comment below.
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