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Table 11 Staff selection criteria

From: Oral cleft prevention program (OCPP)

Job title Selection criteria
Brazil Research Unit Staff
Clinical Coordinator (or Study Nurse) Higher or intermediate schooling level*, high communication skills that allow for conducting successful interviews with subjects, quality skills in drawing blood samples (if needed), as well as acceptable computer knowledge/familiarity that enable them to manage laboratory and patient compliance data.
Data entry person (outreach model only) Intermediate schooling level*, good skills in using basic computer packages such as Word and/or Excel, as well an acceptable speed of data entry
Drivers (outreach model only) Fundamental schooling level*, having a driver’s license and showing a mature attitude and responsibility towards driving.
Administrative Assistant Higher schooling level*, high communication skills that allow coordination of correspondence and meetings with the Principal Investigator and other related personnel, as well as having a very good knowledge of written and spoken English to be able to translate both written and spoken English to Portuguese and vice versa.
US Staff
Study Coordinator PhD or equivalent degree in a health care related field, good experience in project management and research conduct, as well as strong communication skills and commitment to responsible care.
  1. *The Brazilian Educational System is divided into three levels: fundamental, intermediate and higher education. Fundamental school extends over eight grades. Intermediate school extends over at least three grades, and may include professional training. It thus may last for four or five years and provides professional qualification. Higher education is composed of two different levels: undergraduate (e.g., full-nurse) and graduate. Additionally, professional training may be provided to students who have only completed fundamental school.