Use case and application requirements for a protocol lifecycle tracking tool, with a focus on the trial initiation phase.

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This article has been peer reviewed. It was published in: AMIA Summits on Translational Science proceedings


The published version is available at PMID: 22211177. Copyright © American Medical Informatics Association


The time required to initiate clinical trials, from declaration of the investigator's intent to opening of the study for participant accrual, is cited as often being so long that clinical research is seriously impeded. Efforts to improve operational efficiency of trial initiation are confounded by the work flow complexity and the variations encountered with different types of trials and institutional environments. A computer Protocol Lifecycle Tracking (PLT) tool would enable study initiation staff to manage the process, and the various clinical research stakeholders to monitor the progress of a study's initiation, as well as obtain data on the work flow to identify those activities that are in need of operational efficiency improvement. The objective of our work was to develop use cases and system requirements for a PLT tool. The result of our study is a use case document that can serve as the specifications for developing a PLT application.

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