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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-34

A day in the life of a monitor!

Eisai Clinical Research Singapore Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Kunal Shah
Eisai Pharmaceuticals, 1st Floor, B Wing, Marwah Centre, Krishanlal Marwah Marg, Andheri (East), Mumbai - 400072
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-3485.92305

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When at a site, the monitor will meet with the Study Coordinator, review the hospital medical records, use the internet database or paper to 'monitor' their data versus their medical records, issue queries, check master files, count tablets or vials, provide the update to the doctor, and so on. When not traveling, the monitor will work in the office, printing letters, filing documents collected from sites, writing reports and follow-up letters, responding to e-mails, calling sites, to follow-up on the pending action items, in addition to calling sites not visited recently, attending study teleconferences, attending study and company training programs, reading standard operating procedures, completing excel spreadsheets or company specific software systems, and so on. The monitor is loaded with all these different types of work requirements and most importantly each and every task is important and time bound. Different skill sets are required for different tasks and the monitor plays different roles, while doing different tasks. This article enlists the tasks that are required to be done by the monitor, the different roles played by the monitor while doing these tasks, analyze which is the most important day for a monitor, what are the tasks performed during this day, and what knowledge and skills are required for performing these tasks.

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