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Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education

136 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111

Research Practitioner: Volume 20, Number 5 – September/October 2019
Jointly provided by Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education (TUSM OCE) and CenterWatch

Article #1:  Proof is in the planning for adaptive clinical trial designs - Elizabeth Tilley Hinkle
Learning Outcomes:

·          Compare and contrast adaptive clinical trial design with traditional clinical trial structures.

·          Explain methods of data collection and the role of data analytics in adaptive clinical trials.

·          Describe federal policy about and FDA guidelines for adaptive clinical trials.

·           Describe how adaptive trial design and access to interim data can impact trial integrity.


Article #2:   How to retain enrolled study subjects and ensure compliance - Sandra Sather MS, BSN

Learning Outcomes:

·          Explain the clinical importance of subject retention and compliance.

·          Compare and contrast valid reasons for patients to leave a study and reasons that can be prevented or ameliorated.

·          Describe patient-centric approaches to retaining subjects and ensuring their compliance with study protocols.



Gienna Shaw

Managing Editor, CenterWatch


Leslie Ramsey

Editorial Director, CenterWatch

Lisa Streeter, MSN, RN-BC

Lead Nurse Planner,

Office of Continuing Education,

Tufts University School of Medicine




*Not involved in Research Practitioner journal content


Anna J. DeMarinis, MA,


Principal, The DeMarinis Group,

North Attleborough, MA


Carolynn Thomas Jones*, DNP, MSPH, RN

Assistant Professor of Clinical

Nursing, Lead Instructor,

Masters in Applied Clinical and Preclinical

Research, The Ohio State University, Columbus


Dónal P. O’Mathúna*, BS (Pharm), MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Decision-

Making, and Evidence,

School of Nursing and Human

Sciences, Affiliated Scholar, Institute of Ethics, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland

Barbara S. Turner*, RN, DNSc, FAAN

Elizabeth P. Hanes Distinguished Professor, Director, Doctor of Nursing Program,

Duke University

School of Nursing, Durham, NC


Lynn D. Van Dermark, RN, BSN, MBA, CCRA, RAC

CEO, MedTrials, Inc., Dallas, TX


Elizabeth Weeks-Rowe, LVN, CCRA

Principal CRA, Clinical Research

Writer and Trainer, San Diego, CA


Janet F. Zimmerman*, MS, RN

Assistant Clinical Professor, Coordinator, Clinical Trials Research MSN Track, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions,

Philadelphia, PA


Sandra M. Sanford, RN, MSN, CIP

Director, Quality Assurance,

Chesapeake IRB, Columbia, MD

Activity Start and Expiration Date: October 4, 2019 – November 6, 2020
Last Review Date: October 4, 2019
Estimated time to complete this activity:
3 hours

Requirements for Successful Completion - To receive Contact Hours/Certificate of Completion, participants must:

·          Be a subscriber to this journal

·          Read the full journal

·          Complete the post-test with a minimum score of 70%

·          Complete the activity evaluation


Certificates will be available to print/save immediately upon completion of the evaluation and will also accessible in your eeds account. Partial Contact Hours will not be awarded.

There was no commercial support received for this activity.

Target Audience
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of nurses involved in clinical trials.

Activity Overview
Research Practitioner is a bimonthly journal designed for physicians, nurses, and other professionals engaged in the practice of clinical research. Research Practitioner provides readers with up-to-date information regarding clinical trials. Articles focus on the methods and practice of clinical research, from in vitro studies to statistical analysis. Research Practitioner publishes original research and review articles about protocol design and implementation, research methodology, research practice management, ethical considerations, and regulatory requirements.

Accreditation Statement
Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission of Accreditation.

This activity provides 3 contact hours for nurses.

Faculty Disclosures
All faculty including course directors, planning committee members, and others in a position to control the content of an educational activity are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with an ANCC-defined commercial interest. The ANCC defines a commercial Interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. This includes, 1) any entity that is owned or operated, in whole or in part, by an organization that produces, markets, re-sells, or distributes health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, (e.g. parent and/or sister company) and/or 2) any entity that directly advocates or has a sister/parent company that advocates for an ANCC-defined commercial interest and/or the use of their products or services. Relevant financial relationships are financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. Conflicts of interest resulting from a relevant financial relationship are resolved prior to the activity, during the content review.

No relevant financial relationships to report in the last 12 months with an ANCC-defined commercial interest.

Planning Committee, Lead Nurse Planner, Editorial Board, and TUSM OCE Staff*:
No relevant financial relationships to report in the last 12 months with an ANCC-defined commercial interest.

*TUSM OCE Staff: Karin Pearson, CHCP, Mirosleidy Tejeda, MS, Karlee Pedemonti, MS, Katelyn McBurney

ADA/OEO Nondiscrimination Policy
Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) considers all applicants and activity participants without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religious creed, sex or sexual orientation.  TUSM is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TUSM does not discriminate on the basis of a disability in admissions, access to treatment, or employment in their programs and activities as identified in the American with Disabilities Act. 

TUSM ADA/OEO Nondiscrimination Policy & TUSM OCE’s Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality
Please see:

CE Questions
Please contact TUSM OCE at [email protected] or 617-636-6579.

Technical Assistance with eeds Account
Please contact eeds directly at Tech Help or call 828-252-0233.

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