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The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is a complex academic and clinical department in the School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals, which include the UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Valley Medical, and VA Hospital. The Department includes Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Prosthetics & Orthotics, Neuropsychology, and Rehabilitation Counseling. The department has four degree programs and extensive research programs with over $13 million in grants per year.
The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time (100%) RESEARCH STUDY ASSISTANT. Research investigators are currently seeking a highly motivated and organized individual to serve as a research study assistant who will work on multiple research studies, including the following:
The Life after New Diagnosis' or LAND Study sponsored by the national Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) plans to: (1) better understand how quality of life and other symptoms vary during the first year following a diagnosis of MS; and (2) learn how important symptoms (examples include pain, fatigue, depression, cognitive difficulties) relate to changes in quality of life over time.
The Chronic Pain Skills Study (CPSS or Skills') sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is a large clinical intervention trial comparing three non-pharmacological treatments (mindfulness meditation, hypnosis, education) for chronic pain in Veterans.
This is a great opportunity to obtain valuable experience in a research setting. Job responsibilities will include the following:
Conducting Study Assessments:
Schedule, track, and conduct study assessments over the telephone with enrolled subjects. Maintain confidentiality of subject records.
Subject Recruitment and Enrollment:
Field telephone calls from individuals who have seen recruitment materials for the studies and are interested in participating. Approach individuals via mail, telephone and in-person during clinic appointments to see if they would be interested in participating. Screen subjects for eligibility using approved recruitment scripts. Verify study eligibility via medical record review as part of the screening process. Answer any questions individuals have about the research studies. Obtain informed consent from prospective subjects both in person and via telephone. Ensure proper tracking of the overall outcomes of subject recruitment and enrollment.
Listen to audio recordings of group treatment sessions to calculate and track adherence to clinical protocol by study group leaders.
Data Entry and Maintenance:
Enter data from telephone assessments into a Microsoft Access database according to project protocol. Track rate of assessments completed over the telephone.
Brain Wave Activity Assessments:
Occasionally perform brain wave activity assessments, also known as electroencephalograms (EEG), with research subjects at the Integrated Brain Imaging Center (IBIC) at the University of Washington. The EEG procedures includes collecting self-report data from the subjects before, during and after the EEG, preparing the subject for the EEG, conducting the EEG using the pertinent equipment, and cleaning up following the study procedure.
Perform related duties as needed, including similar work on other research studies. Other duties may include payment of subjects, data cleaning, copying, filing, running minor analyses, attending study meetings, and updating data entry procedures as needed.