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Feasibility review process wins SOCRA award

A University of Minnesota feasibility review support service recently received special recognition from the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) at the 2020 SOCRA Conference. 

The winning poster conveys how the UMN Clinical Research Support Center (CRSC) designed and implemented a feasibility review process for health sciences studies. This free service helps UMN researchers enhance their protocols and get studies started quickly.

“The feasibility review results in a robust, polished protocol that’s ready for IRB submission and successful execution,” explained Nicole Tosun, MS, in her poster presentation. Tosun is a CTSI clinical research specialist who facilitates feasibility reviews along with her other colleagues in the Research Preparation Group.

The poster was chosen as the Special Recognition Award Winner for the Clinical Research Management Category, besting 34 other abstract/poster submissions. 

Enhancing UMN research

When a UMN investigator requests a feasibility review for their study, the CRSC brings together a group of research experts on topics such as study design, regulatory requirements, recruitment, statistics, and more. They work together to:

  • Review an investigator’s protocol.
  • Flag areas of concern that might receive IRB stipulations.
  • Provide guidance, suggested language, and/or resources to strengthen the protocol.

This helps investigators create robust, sound, and impactful protocols that are ready to be submitted to the IRB. This is done at no cost to investigators or the department. 

Feasibility Reviews - 1 week turnaround: 1) Protocol sent to experts 2) Experts review and assess, 3) Review meeting held, 4) Written summary provided

Streamlining study start-up

Feasibility reviews help investigators quickly launch their studies with a well-designed protocol. The entire process takes one week and arms investigators with timely, valuable feedback. 

Key results conveyed via the winning poster include:

  • Most protocols (55 percent) received zero or one protocol-related stipulation following initial IRB review.
  • Nearly all investigators (96%) said they plan to follow recommendations. 
  • Investigators indicated an average satisfaction score of 4.8 out of 5.0.

Request a feasibility review

To receive a feasibility review of your protocol, contact the CRSC at:

[email protected]