Planning the Study

This section provides details of the steps to follow when planning the study, starting with identifying the research question.

Identifying the research question

Research should begin with a question. Many research questions arise from clinical practice and are intended to inform more effective care. Before planning a study it is important to review what has already been done or is currently being investigated. Searching for related research and project work is an important step in helping to define the purpose of any study. It can also help to identify other possible researchers with whom to collaborate. A research study is a considerable commitment of time and resources. Ensuring that the research question is answerable, valid and relevant to the community is the critical first step.

Last updated 20 January 2017