Standard Operating Procedures
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) underpin the quality clinical research conducted by both PaCCSC and CST. A suite of SOPs has been developed to provide process and rigour to the conduct of the entire research program. The SOPs are reviewed every two years and new SOPs are developed as required. You can access the SOPs via our Standard Operating Procedures page.
The Coordinating Principal Investigator Manual is for clinicians and researchers who have an idea for a new palliative care or cancer symptom clinical study and who wish to progress this idea into a clinical trial.
The Principal Investigator Manual is for organisations who are recruiting patients to clinical trials run by the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PACCSC) and/or Cancer Symptom Trials (CST).
Click on the links below to access the manuals.
Guidelines and templates
New Study Proposals
All new study applications must be submitted to the PaCCSC and CST National Manager on the New Study Proposal Template, which can be found on the Templates page. There is a template for PaCCSC for studies in the palliative population, and a separate template for CST for studies in the cancer only population.
In line with the purpose and sims of PaCCSC and CST, new study support will be considered for:
- randomised controlled trials (RCTs)
- small pilot studies for proof of concept (feasibility, safety, efficacy)
- sub-studies embedded within a current study, which adds value to the suite of currently running RCTs
Support offered to new studies is outlined in the PaCCSC New Study Ideas/Proposal SOP (PDF) and the CST New Study Ideas/Proposals SOP (PDF). New studies that do not fit within the listed criteria are unable to be considered for support from PaCCSC or CST.
Discussion of consent with a potential clinical trial participant is a critical element of clinical trial research. The Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC) has developed a training video, Informed Consent Process and Discussion, to demonstrate the process of consent.