Other Duties

Other duties of the monitors during the trials include

• Arranging for payment of physicians and testing laboratories as completed reports are received (see sidebar).

• Monitoring adverse effects, a topic we consider at length in the following chapter.

• Maintaining physician interest in lengthy trials.

• Revising interim reports. Although sketches of the form and layout of the interim reports will have been developed prior to the trials, the details invariably evolve as the trials progress. Frequencies are replaced or supplemented by percentages, graphs supplement text, and additional breakdowns by patient and disease characteristics required. The CRM and medical monitor may also need to request comprehensive workups for specific sites that the monitor intends to visit.

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