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Virtual CRA meetings hold a lot of potential, but work still needs to be done to ensure effectiveness.
Ineffective meetings are frustrating for everyone. Due to lack of participation, important information is often repeated which results in lost interest and decreased attendance. The purpose of virtual meetings is to communicate study information and decisions. It's a forum in which ideas are shared and resolutions brainstormed. These meetings, as currently conducted, are unproductive.
CRAs need information for their job performance and outlet to communicate issues. Recently, I completed some online "effective meeting" trainings. While the information was interesting, its relevance was limited since it was regarding face-to-face meetings, not virtual meetings. The question still remains how to create a more effective virtual meeting.
I came up with the following ideas:
With change there may be other unforeseen challenges, the meetings need to be focused and collaborative and the above are some simple ideas that can be implemented for a successful team environment. What are some things that you are doing to engage your virtual study team and have effective and productive meetings? Visit www.clinopstoolkit.com/ for discussions.
Luizinha Monteiro, CCRP Lead CRA, Quintiles Contributor, ClinOps Toolkit Blog e-mail: [email protected]