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Evaluating innovative technology tools for managing a clinical trial in a public health setting to reduce risk of antepartum depression

Monday, November 4, 2013

D. Elizabeth Jesse, PhD, CNM, College of Nursing Graduate Nursing Science, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Elizabeth Feldhousen, MS, LMFT, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Zachary Love, MA, Center for Survey Research, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Background: Despite the advantages of using technology, few if any, have described a research team's evaluations of electronic processes for managing a clinical trial. This paper presents evaluations from the perspective of the staff and research assistants (n=10) who used electronic technology tools to manage a NIMH funded randomized clinical trial (2012-13) of an intervention to reduce risk of antepartum depression in low-income and minority women in a public health setting. The electronic technology resources and tools will be described including: 1) An electronic survey for use on Netbooks; 2) Netbooks programmed with electronic surveys for interviewers to enter data and to access the Insight-Plus study drive while interviewing pregnant woman at the clinical sites; 3) A dedicated drive on the University server used to develop and share documents among team members and track research progress; 4) A web-based secure drive to save identifiable data; 5) Electronic team calendars used for making appointments for potential participants. Methods: Non-experimental descriptive survey using an electronic survey with yes/no and likert scale responses to evaluate the effectiveness and helpfulness of the technology tools. Results: Quantitative data will be provided on how frequently the research staff used these tools per working day; judged the user friendliness of the technology tools; and evaluated the impact of these tools on the ease of this research project. Discussion: Technology tools that are effective and helpful to this research staff will be discussed in terms of how they can be useful for research, especially for multidisciplinary teams.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe how technology can be effective and helpful for managing a clinical trial in a public health setting.

Keyword(s): Research, Public Mental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a principal investigator of an NIMH funded study determining the feasibility of Insight-Plus, a randomized clinical trial, to reduce risk for antepartum depression in low-income and minority women in a public health setting. Our research team planned, purchased, developed, and incorporated electronic technology tools to help manage this randomized clinical trial.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.