Technical Courses
Part of a STAR Programme

Clinical research professionals are required to understand the basics of an ECG in order to assess the study subject’s safety. If you are a Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) or similar function and an ECG is not familiar to you, this course is ideal for you. This course is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the conducting system of the heart.

The electrocardiogram or ECG is an essential and most commonly used tool for monitoring the functioning of the heart. As a consequence, it also a key element in supervising the safety status of clinical trial subjects. This course will provide you with the basics of the nature of the electrocardiogram, concentrating on the reasons for the positioning of the leads, the nature of the electrical tracing and the various sections of a normal ECG tracing.

The second part of the course will cover disorders of heart rate and rhythm, concentrating on the most common abnormalities reported in trials. Disorders of conduction will be covered in reasonable depth, with dedicated sections on congenital and acquired disorders. In this section there will also be a detailed review of the QT interval covering its measurement, the various correction factors involved and the clinical implications of interval prolongation. Finally, other disorders of relevance will be covered, including acute and chronic ischaemic changes, heart failure and cardiomyopathy.

Course time
09h00 - 17h00
Who should attend

This course is designed for non-medically qualified scientists working in the fields of clinical research and regulatory affairs. No previous knowledge is required.

Programme highlights
  • The nature of the electrocardiogram
  • Disorders of heart rate and rhythm
  • Disorders of conduction: congenital and acquired disorders - QT interval
  • Other disorders including acute and chronic ischemic changes, heart failure and cardiomyopathy
Learning Objectives
  • Learn the basic of cardiac electrophysiology
  • Recognise the different sections of the ECG trace
  • Know the basic language used in ECG reports
  • Detect some disorders of rate and rhythm
  • Explain why the various intervals are measured, how they are reported and the clinical significance of major changes
  • Be able to see changes in the ECG suggestive of cardiac pathology



This course covers competencies that are part of the ECCRT Competency Framework

  • Scientific Concepts & Research Design (2)
  • Ethical & Participants Safety Considerations (0)
  • Investigational Product Development and Regulation (0)
  • Clinical Studies Operations (GCPs or ISO 14155) (1)
  • Study and Site Management (0)
  • Data Management and Informatics (0)
  • Leadership and Professionalism (0)
  • Communication (0)
  • Teamwork (0)
  • Business acumen (0)

Be aware that attending one of ECCRT open course does not guarantee that the competency is acquired but only guarantees that the related knowledge has been trained

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