Research studies in the academic center here are doing tele-research visits and e-consents, but are now looking into the need for in-person home visits. Our CRC is open but some subjects are unsure about returning for OP visits, or are participating in COVID positive studies. We have our own Home care agency, but it was deemed not feasible to use that service (I do not know the details.) Is anyone doing home visits? If so, can you share your process of setting it all up (SOPs, who makes up a team for a visit, limits to a visit, challenges with billing,etc?)
Since September 2020 I worked for Illingworth Research, which is a company which provides CRNs and other research trained staff to carry out research in the home, or other locations which are convenient for the participant. They are an international company, based in the UK, with branches in the US, Canada and many other countries.
During the pandemic their services have grown as many studies could not be done in hospitals. So, to answer yuor question about research in homecare, it is more than possible, it is happening. My impression is that the training and supervisory support was good, but only experienced research nurses should do this work as you are the only nurse in the home should something go wrong.
Yes is the short answer. We have been doing home visits for many years for many different studies. These are still taking place now for covid studies and for other studies because of covid.
Send me an email Jennifer.Allison@uhs.nhs.uk and I will connect you with colleagues. Where are you based?
International Association of Clinical Research Nurses
PO Box 7Mullica Hill, NJ 08062, USA(609) 519-9689 (Phone)email@example.com