The Importance of Medical Monitors
Whether you work in healthcare, medicine, nursing, or pharmacy, having access to accurate, current information is critical to your professional growth and advancing your career. Having access to accurate medical information also helps reduce costs, as well as streamline workflow. It has become a vital part of the medical community that allows doctors, nurses and pharmacists to make informed decisions about patients and their treatments. Although medical monitors are an indispensable part of clinical practice, they can be difficult to obtain. This is why obtaining advice from medical monitors can often be a valuable source of advice.
Medical monitors give doctor-level assessments for a pharmaceutical company on numerous trials/surveys to a doctor main investigator only conduct their own site-specific clinical trials. On average, medical monitors refer to documented clinical trials that have been approved by the FDA. They are most useful in determining whether a medical product, a new pharmaceutical product, or treatment is safe and effective as well as providing an objective, independent data that can be used to improve or create clinical guidelines. Medical monitors refer to the information provided by investigators that are not clinical staff.
In order to obtain clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies, medical monitors must be able to accurately determine study design and conduct the necessary analysis. Some of the factors that need to be considered when determining study design include the primary objectives, participant characteristics, the background of the study, the appropriate statistical analysis methodologies, data collection, quality assurance and reporting. Depending on the type of study design, different aspects of the study may need further study or analysis.
Medical monitors also recommend that investigators select both primary and secondary outcomes, as well as control groups. Secondary outcomes are intended to be used as a point of comparison with the primary outcome, while control groups are intended to provide an indication of whether or not the patient’s condition has been treated successfully. Although important, the selection of controls should be done only after the primary outcome has been established. Furthermore, medical monitors recommend that investigators explore the potential of new medical therapies or treatments before recommending these therapies to patients.
As part of their overall role as medical monitors, they also provide information regarding industry experience of investigators and trial monitors. Industry experience refers to the years of industry service and the number of years the person or entity has been in the industry. According to the American Society of Clinical Investigators, industry experience can significantly impact the reliability of the evidence provided by investigators during clinical trials, especially those that deal with serious health conditions.
Medical monitors also advise researchers and practitioners to maintain adequate documentation during the testing process. In some instances, it is not always possible to provide all the information that is needed in a study to the principal investigator, particularly in situations where the primary investigator lives abroad. In such cases, the medical monitor serves as a relay link by providing the necessary information to the principal investigator through the use of written reports. Such reports are usually sent to the principal investigator, once the results of the test have been analyzed and provide the clinician with feedback on the patient’s progress.