The research work that I do deals with medication/orthopedic appliances and the studies are sponsored by the drug/appliance companies. I'm not sure if the MS in clinical research would be terribly beneficial in this type of research. My boss is the research administrator and she is a RN MS but I don't think her MS is in research (can't be sure though I'll have to ask). I'm thinking the MS in research is probably more for "nursing research" (dealing with patient outcomes, quality of care, etc.)as apposed to medication/appliance research.
I have been doing this a little less than a year so I'm not an expert by any means. I learn new things every day and that keeps it exciting.
We do phase 2,3,&4 studies where I am at. Some deal with un-marketed drugs, some with finding new indications for marketed drugs and some safety follow up studies. I was very fortunate that the first study I was ever involved in was one that showed results quickly (here is a link, there are actually youtube videos a patient made at different stages of the procedures that show the difference). http://www.dupuytren-online.info/dup...llagenase.html
My job involves recruiting, consenting, pt visits, labs, procedures, EKG's, and lots of paperwork.
We do primarily rheumatology studies right now. One of the things that is really nice about this is that patients who sometimes cannot afford the very expensive medications to treat things like rheumatiod arthritis, or are just out of options because other meds haven't worked, have the oportunity to learn more about and, if they so choose, participate in a study.
The consent forms are generally written for an eigth grade comprehension level and spellout procedures, visits, risks and benefits very well. Also the drug companies and regulatory bodies are very good at keeping patients informed about and new adverse events that occure so they can continue to make an educated decision regarding their participation.
The patient benefits are...they get all study related visits/labs/procedures free of charge, as well as the study medication (which, when dealing with RA for example, can be a huge benefit). They do have specific time intervals they have to come in for visits, but for the most part, they don't mind. Also, if they change their mind, obviously they can withdraw from the study at any time. In many cases, for our RA studies for example, if the medication or indication is working out for the patient, after the short term study is done, they can roll into the long term follow study and continue to recieve the medication and study visits free of charge until it is either approved (this could be several years) or the study is stopped by the FDA or the drug company stops seeking approval. As far as financial compensation for the patient, this is generally per visit and a small amount ($20-$30 usually) so it is not coarsive, it is mearly ment to compensate for gas and time.
Anyway, I do enjoy that even though I am not at the bedside, I really do get to help make a difference in people's lives!
Plus as I mentioned, the other non-financial benefits are great. Pay is probably pretty in line with clinic nursing from what I can tell, maybe (very) slightly better, not nearly what it was working the floor but I made a decision based on what was more important to me personaly.
Anyway sorry to ramble :typing I do love what I do! I hope this was helpful. :wink2: