Assist with a randomized clinical trial assessing a functionally-tailored oral hygiene intervention in improving oral hygiene in community-dwelling persons with dementia (PWD) and their family caregivers (CG). The main duties involve working with research subjects to obtain proper informed consent, complete subject interviews, assist with dental examination recording, deliver oral hygiene interventions, and conduct follow-up clinical exams. Also responsible to assemble subject packets, data entry, prepare subject mailings, update the subject database with current contact information and other duties as assigned. Position requires flexible schedule to include some evening and/or Saturday hours for participant visits and phone calls, and being available to travel to satellite locations in Iowa. For a full job description, please send an e-mail to COD-Requisitions@iowa.uiowa.edu.
Conduct home visits and deliver individualized, functionally-tailored oral care training to PWD/CG dyads according to the research protocol.
may perform activities such as patient assessments, review of medical history and medication, deliver oral care training to both PWD and CG.
Interface with PWD/CG dyads and examiners during research visits by putting the participant at ease, providing non-technical assistance to dentists and recording findings of exams.
Administer survey instruments in face-to-face interviews with participants, according to protocols, and analyze information provided. Report information to Principal Investigator, as needed.
Assist with collecting and processing dental plaque samples.
Assist with processing study questionnaires following standardized procedures. Review participant's daily oral hygiene logs. May include need for mail follow-up and/or phone interviews with participants.
Accompany project team on road trips to various locations and set up locations for research exams.
Conduct follow-up exams.
Protocol Development and Study Responsibilities:
* Assure study visit compliance within window of visit schedule.
Subject Recruitment and Enrollment:
Assist with subject scheduling.
Thoroughly review the Information Summary and Consent Form documents with research participants' parents, answer questions, and obtain proper informed consent. (Note - probably will include telephone discussions.)
Data Collection and Monitoring:
Follow all research protocols in regards to subject interviews and dental exams.
Ensure all instruments are sterilized, supplies stocked, and both ready for exams, as needed.
Complete mailings with little assistance and have the ability to troubleshoot any problems that develop.
Assist with conducting and recording of dental exams.
Review participant's daily oral hygiene logs.
Review questionnaires to verify the correct codes were used, as well as perform data entry of the codes into the system, as needed.
Manage research documents by checking for completion and place forms in appropriate medical/research records.
Assemble packets that contain all the questionnaires and forms needed for the subject visit. Ensure they are prepared in a timely manner in advance of the subject visit.
Initiate communications with PI and other staff members regarding necessary supplies and complete the purchase of these on a regular basis.
Regulatory Guidelines and Documents:
Report any reportable events to appropriate party.
Complete and update clinical trial registration. Assist with IRB development and modification.
Adhere to institutional policies and guidelines.
May provide functional and/or administrative supervision to student hourly employees.
Assist with subject reimbursements.
50% Clinical/Health Care Research Assistant - PRA1 (Specified Term)
College of Dentistry - Clinic Administration (Iowa City, IA)
Salary: $21,019 to commensurate (Pay Grade: 4A)
Rotating schedule to support study needs - 20 hours per week.
Requires the academic knowledge of a discipline plus the ability to translate, adapt and apply the knowledge that is generally associated with a Bachelor's degree (Dental Hygiene, Public Health or a related field), or an equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible relevant work experience.
State of Iowa Dental Hygiene licensure.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
At least 6 months relevant experience in the conduct of social science oral health research in a clinical research study, including the following skillsets:
Clinical Research - Working Experience
Participates in clinical research activities according to study protocols.
Selects and applies appropriate supplies and equipment for a research study.
Follows standard operating procedures for the preparation, undertaking, and closure of clinical research.
Undertakes the accurate and complete collection of clinical data and selects appropriate forms for recording of data.
Clinical Skills - Working Experience
Applies general clinical skills to perform clinical functions or tests
Health Information Research Documentation and Analysis - Working Experience
Speaks with patients and caregivers to collect important health information.
Adheres to legal regulations and organizational policies when discussing patient health information.
Documents medical and dental histories, symptoms, intervention, and results for assigned patients/subjects according to research study protocols.
Reviews results to ensure the quality and accuracy of data gathered.
Utilizes basic analytic tools and techniques.
Flexible schedule to include some evening and/or Saturday hours for participant visits and phone calls, available to travel to satellite locations in Iowa.
Previous work experience with older adults with special needs.
Knowledge of medical terminology.
Knowledge of dental terminology.
Comfort working with biological samples.
In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload (and mark as "Relevant File") to their submission: cover letter, resume, and 3 names of professional reference.
Job opening are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact COD-Requisitions@iowa.uiowa.edu.
Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
Assist with randomized clinical trial assessing a functionally-tailored oral hygiene intervention in improving oral hygiene in community-dwelling persons w/dementia (PWD) and their family caregivers.
Internal Number: 20003055_1599084576
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