Impact of Extensive Consultation on Career Development Grant Outcomes

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified January 2014 by University of California, San Francisco
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of California, San Francisco
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00662402
First received: April 17, 2008
Last updated: January 17, 2014
Last verified: January 2014
  Purpose

In this study we wish is to determine whether extensive (up to 15 hours) multidisciplinary consultation in biostatistics, study design, data management, ethics, and writing provided by the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute's (CTSI) Consultation Services program, improves peer review scores of career development grants compared to usual levels of consultation.

We hypothesize that extensive multidisciplinary consultation will improve peer review scores of career development grants compared to usual levels of consultation.

We hypothesize that extensive multidisciplinary consultation will lead to greater numbers of funded grants when compared to the usual levels of consultation.


Condition Intervention
Career Development Grant Outcomes
Other: Extensive Consultations

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Official Title: Impact of Extensive Consultation on Career Development Grant Outcomes

Further study details as provided by University of California, San Francisco:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The NIH priority score of the reviewed proposal. [ Time Frame: 30 Months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Percentage of subjects who obtain funding for the submitted proposal. Percentage of subjects who submit proposals for funding. [ Time Frame: 30 Months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: April 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Intervention- Receives extensive consulting services
Other: Extensive Consultations
receives 15 free hours of multidisciplinary consultations towards the preparation of their career development grant.
Other Names:
  • Consultations
  • Extensive Multi-disciplinary Consultations
No Intervention: 2
Control - Receives regular levels of service; one hour free services from each of the 5 units, with option to pay for more.

Detailed Description:

CTSI Consultation Services is one of the largest programs within the UCSF CTSI. It was created to improve the quality and efficiency of clinical and translational research through the provision of expert consultation. The program is divided into units that provide access to expert consultants in biostatistics, research design (with consultants representing multiple distinct methodologies and disease interests), data management (including data structure and database design), ethics, and scientific writing. With funding from the NIH, the program is able to offer a free hour of consultation in each of its units (up to 4 hours) but charges for additional services to cover costs.

There have been no studies of research consultation services. Though the benefit may seem self evident, such programs are expensive and distract senior researcher from more creative work. Justifying research consultation is important given the multitude of activities vying for attention and funding. Observational studies of the impact of research consultation services will always be limited by confounding, particularly confounding by indication since those seeking such services may be more highly motivated and organized. Thus, a randomized trial is warranted.

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Applying for a Career Development grant from the NIH.
  • Anticipated submission date is 3 or more months in the future
  • Resident, fellow, or junior faculty member at UCSF or a CTSI-affiliated institution.
  • Recognized potential benefit from additional consultation

    • Additional areas that could be improved as judged by the subject and the initial consultant
    • Adequate time to provide consultation before submission date
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00662402

Contacts
Contact: Erin Breed 415-514-8086 Erin.Breed@ucsf.edu
Contact: Alice Fishman alice.fishman@ucsf.edu

Locations
United States, California
University of California, San Francisco Recruiting
San Francisco, California, United States, 94144
Contact: Erin Breed    415-514-8086    erin.breed@ucsf.edu   
Sub-Investigator: S C Johnston, MD PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Peter Bacchetti, PhD         
Principal Investigator: Mark Pletcher, MD, MPH         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, San Francisco
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Mark Pletcher, MD, MPH University of California, San Francisco
Study Director: Peter Bacchetti, PhD University of California, San Francisco
Study Director: Clay Johnston, MD, PhD University of California, San Francisco
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: University of California, San Francisco
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00662402     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BREAD_01
Study First Received: April 17, 2008
Last Updated: January 17, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of California, San Francisco:
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The NIH priority score of the reviewed proposal.
Percent of subjects who obtain funding for proposal.
Percent of subjects who submit proposals for funding.

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 17, 2014