Collect and organize clinical trial results into databases.
What does a Clinical Data Analyst do?
As the title suggests, a clinical data analyst is a number cruncher. But you’re also much more than that. The numbers you work with are the results of carefully managed medical (clinical) trials in which volunteers try out experimental medications.
The outcomes help pharmaceutical companies, governmental agencies, and biotechnology firms evaluate the effectiveness of their trial drugs. Clinical data analysts help quantify the results by designing, testing, and implementing clinical data reporting systems for the clinical staff to use.
While the data is carefully gathered and recorded from the time the patient signs on the dotted line, once it’s all done, most people still can’t make sense of it. So what if 101 out of the 412 participants claimed to feel more energetic? What does that mean? Is it a result of the medication or of some other part of the study? Is it related to the study at all, or did half of them just start a new diet and exercise program?
The answers are all in the information, but your skills are required to decipher them. So you gather, review, and organize the trial results. You check and double-check everything to make sure the numbers you’re working with are valid and accurate.
To organize the pool of information in front of you, you create a database. You might also develop software programs, prepare presentations, and explain your findings to company stakeholders.