Kaiser Permanente Sr Professional Research Assistant in Denver, Colorado

Serves as a key contributor on a multi-disciplinary health services or clinical research team, including project coordinators/Mrgs, research specialists, data specialists, analysts, & investigators. Depending on the nature of the scientific research, activities may include interacting w/study participants, developing & using data collection instruments, drafting operations manuals, preparing & filing scientific &/or regulatory reports, orienting new staff, & organizing project logistics. Maintains a culture of compliance, ethics & integrity. Maintains knowledge of policies & procedures & performs in accordance w/ applicable regulatory requirements, external laws & accreditation standards as they relate to clinical or health services research. Performs in accordance w/the Principles of Responsibility & appropriately reports observed fraud or abuse.

Essential Functions: - Contributes to the development & maintenance of the research project timeline & procedures, & as needed creates forms, scripts, manuals, & tracking systems. - Collaborates w/other research team members on a wide range of technical, operational & clinical functions specific to a research study. Owns portions of study activities, which may include: Participant recruitment; data collection & database development; participant tracking; facilitation of pilot protocols; medical chart abstraction; performing literature searches for grant preparation; maintenance of reference databases for manuscript preparation; & other duties specified. - Assignments may require recruitment of research participants, coordination of communication & follow-up w/study participants & study-site staff, as well as other participating research partners. - Contributes to the creation of survey tools & coding forms, & documentation of this process for use in manuscript development. - Exercises judgment & takes proactive steps to resolve issues as they arise. Briefs the study coordinator/Mrg, PI, Sup-v or other appropriate IHR staff as appropriate (e.g. Dir, compliance administrator) on emerging issues w/the project. - Conducts interviews w/participants including screening for eligibility & primary data collection. - Coordinates w/medical office staff & physicians to determine participant eligibility & the medical appropriateness of study for participants. - Administers informed consent per regulations, drawing upon specialized research training. Answers participant questions concerning their involvement in study. Coordinates, as necessary, communications between prospective study participants & other members of the study team, including the principal investigator. - Collects data for research studies using appropriate electronic or paper methods. Ensures that data collection instruments are properly completed & performs quality assurance on the data. Per the study, may also interpret results, or may code qualitative data. - Participates in the development & testing of chart abstraction tools. Applies abstraction tools & methodology to collect research data from medical charts using the Electronic Medical Record. Uses medical terminology & medical procedure knowledge as needed to interpret chart information. - Develops & maintains databases for tracking participants, including creation of standard queries & ad hoc reports. Records & cleans data, & transfers it to data specialists & project analysts on a timely basis. Ensures that project participant database records & electronic or hard-copy files are maintained per applicable regulations. This job description is not all encompassing.

Qualifications: Basic Qualifications: Experience - Minimum two (2) years of experience working in health care, laboratory or social science research setting or clinical trials research setting. Education - Bachelor's degree in a related field with course work in science, social science, allied health science, public health or medical sciences is required OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field. - High School Diploma OR General Education Development (GED) required. License, Certification, Registration - N/A

Additional Requirements: - N/A

Preferred Qualifications: - Understanding of all aspects of health related research from proposal submission to data collection and analysis and creation of scientific reports and papers. - Comprehensive understanding of the conduct of health services or clinical research, including development and modifications to the project plan, documentation of project team discussions and decisions, data collection standards, monitoring participant activity, and implementation and tracking of quality assurance plans. - Comprehensive knowledge of software applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access (as well as specialized software specific to the project, if applicable). - Proven ability to work independently in a team environment, proactively identify problems or concerns that might affect a project and to implement a resolution once problems are identified.

COMPANY Kaiser Permanente

TITLE Sr Professional Research Assistant