GCP – Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research

This course is suitable for social and behavioral investigators and staff who must be trained in GCP.


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About this Course

The GCP – Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research course introduces GCP principles and discusses how they apply to clinical trials using behavioral interventions and social science research. This course is presented in a dynamic, nine-module format with narration, interactive features, and downloadable resources.

It covers key topics in clinical research:

  • Research Protocol
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Informed Consent Communication
  • Confidentiality and Privacy
  • Participant Safety and Adverse Event Reporting
  • Quality Control and Assurance
  • Research Misconduct

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “Policy on Good Clinical Practice Training for NIH Awardees Involved in NIH-funded Clinical Trials” establishes the expectation that all NIH-funded investigators and staff who are involved in the conduct, oversight, or management of clinical trials should be trained in GCP. This course helps behavioral and social science researchers meet that expectation.

The development of the GCP – Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research course was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program, grant number 3UL1TR000433.

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Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: IRB Members, Clinical Research Coordinators, Clinical Research Organizations (CROs), Researchers, Investigators, Key Study Personnel, Principal Investigators, Research Nurses, Research Staff, Sponsors, Study Coordinators

Organizational Subscription Price: Included in base subscription
Independent Learner Price: N/A

CE Credits and Units


AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

3 Credits
(6 CE certified modules)

1 June 2018
31 May 2021


CE Credit/Hour

3 Credits
(6 CE certified modules)

1 June 2018
31 May 2021

Other Participants

Certificate of Participation

3 Credits
(6 CE certified modules)

1 June 2018
31 May 2021

Course Content


Covers the importance of social and behavioral research best practices, and introduces common roles within research teams. Introduces GCP principles and reviews the definition of clinical trials in the context of social and behavioral research.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 17531 (English)

Research Protocol CME/CEU Badge

Discusses the elements of a social and behavioral research Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol and standard operating procedures (SOPs). Introduces the concept of treatment fidelity and discusses strategies to minimize protocol deviations.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 17532 (English)

Recruitment and Retention CME/CEU Badge

Presents a number of best practices for recruiting participants, and keeping them enrolled and engaged in the study.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 17533 (English)

Informed Consent Communication CME/CEU Badge

Identifies the required elements of informed consent, provides a set of tools to use to prepare for and conduct informed consent, and discusses special situations that may have different consent requirements (such as, research involving children). Describes the purpose of the informed consent document and strategies to obtain consent.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 17534 (English)

Privacy and Confidentiality CME/CEU Badge

Defines privacy and confidentiality, provides strategies to protect participant privacy and confidentiality, and discusses how to identify and report breaches in privacy and confidentiality.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 17535 (English)

Participant Safety and Adverse Event Reporting CME/CEU Badge

Identifies adverse events and describes how to record and report them. Provides strategies for defining adverse events for a study and developing an adverse event reporting plan.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 17536 (English)

Quality Control and Assurance CME/CEU Badge

Explains the basics and importance of good quality control throughout the course of a study. Discusses the importance of identifying potential bias and implementing strategies geared toward upholding data integrity.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 17537 (English)

Research Misconduct CME/CEU Badge

Discusses research misconduct and reporting requirements. Illustrates misconduct through examples and consequences of misconduct. Reviews steps for reporting misconduct.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 17538 (English)


Revisits key ideas learned throughout the modules, as well as resources and job aids that learners may utilize while conducting social and behavioral research.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 17539 (English)