With more scientific discoveries and technological advancements comes new knowledge. This knowledge redefines the scope and practices of the different fields of professions that they apply to. Medical science is not left behind in these technological advancements and due to the ever continuous nature of medical research, it means medical science is not also left behind in scientific discoveries. This means that more often than not, there is a new knowledge, a new way of doing something. It could be something as routine as checking the blood pressure of a patient or even measuring the body temperature more accurately. A clinical research scientist knows that they have their work cut out, to ensure that they stay up to date with scientific discoveries and new knowledge which can help them in their own research as well.
If you have been offered a clinical research job or you are interested in one, one thing you should know for sure is that to be successful in this field, you need to be knowledgeable. It is true what they say, to remain relevant in any field is to remain knowledgeable.
To help your cause, we have made a list of books that will help you to be relevant in the clinical research field.
Fundamentals of Clinical Trials, by Lawrence M. Friedman, Curt D. Furberg, David DeMets. This book looks into key issues like assessment, reporting of results, randomization, interpretation etc. This book introduces clinical trials to you beautifully, with real life examples used to explain key features of clinical trial.
Designing Clinical Research, by Dr. Stephen B Hulley, MD, MPH, Steven R Cummings, MD, Warren S Browner, MD. This book is a very important book for doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other medical professionals involved in medical research. It explains useful methods for designing, funding and implementing clinical research.
Publishing and Presenting Clinical Research, Third Edition, by Warren S. Browner MD. This book explains the essentials of clinical trials and publishing them to. This book will come in handy for investigators who wants to know more about organizing, delivering and publishing the results of their research in the best way possible.
Practical Guide to Clinical Data Management, Third Edition, by Susanne Prokscha. One issue that always pops up in clinical research is that of managing the large volumes of ever increasing data. This is a task that has been rightfully tagged time taking. This book however gives powerful insights on current industry tactics and the use of Electronic Data Capture (EDC) for clinical research. This book will help solve the age-long problem of managing voluminous clinical research data.
Basic principles of clinical research and methodology by S. K. Gupta
A clinical trial manual from the duke clinical research institute. Kate Davis, Margaret Liu.
Handbook for good clinical research practice. WHO.