We are seeking a research assistant to collect data for the second phase of a three-part study. The overall objective of this study is to develop and test an ethically-responsive, point-of-care (POC) tool to support provider use of SDM techniques in the contraceptive counseling of Latinas. This study was developed in response to Latinx patients in the Baltimore community expressing a need for good communication and trusting relationships with healthcare providers and reporting contraceptive counseling that is at times coercive.
Anticipated timeline: 12-18 months beginning in Summer 2020; it is anticipated that data collection for project completion will require 30% time per week (3 half days or approximately 12 hours per week on average).
Compensation: pay is hourly (approximately $15-22/hr) depending on level of experience and education.
Research Assistant Responsibilities:
Participant Recruitment: The RA will work with another RA to recruit participants, which includes approximately 30 providers and 10 patients per provider (300 patients total) across 4 Baltimore facilities who regularly provide contraceptive counseling to folks who identify as Latina and/or Latinx/e. Providers include MDs, DOs, PAs, or NPs who specialize in: Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Ob/GYN or Family Medicine. The RA will work with participating providers to identify potential participants. Once identified, RA will approach patients on-site in order to describe the study and complete enrollment among interested patients.
Participant Consent: The RA will obtain written consent from all participants in their preferred language (English or Spanish).
Data Collection: After being trained by the PI and the current RA, the RA will send electronic surveys to providers and also administer patient surveys (pre and post visits) and audio-record patient-provider contraceptive counseling visits. RAs will then code the patient-provider visits for elements of SDM using a validated tool. RAs will also conduct and audio-record in-depth qualitative interviews with a select group of patients. After all study visits, the RA will be responsible for storing digital recordings for review by the PI.
The RA will provide participants with compensation for participants in the form of a gift card to be provided electronically; the RA will need to keep a record of gift card allocation and obtain participant signatures confirming receipt of the gift card.
The RA may be asked to describe the project to potential participants during facility staff meetings from time to time to increase recruitment.
English fluency; high Spanish proficiency (Native speaker preferred)
Prior research experiences, experiences with both quantitative and qualitative data collection preferred
Masters level students or doctoral students preferred
Job: CI Exempt or Non-Exempt Staff -
Shift: Day Job
Organization: School of Medicine - Family Medicine
Job Posting: May 19, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing
Internal Number: 173944
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