Study Planning Consultation

Study planning consultation can benefit an investigator in many different ways. Most problems in research result from poor design rather than poor analysis.

Study planning and implementation issues may include:

  • Choosing type of study (case-control, cohort, trial, etc)
  • Sampling strategy, selection of controls
  • Design of survey instruments
  • Identification of existing databases
  • Measurement, quality control
  • Randomization and blinding schemes
  • Recruitment, retention, and logistical issues
  • Coordination of multiple centers
  • Budgeting
  • Data and safety monitoring
  • Data collection strategies
  • Data management strategies

Ethical issues can include:

  • Recruitment
  • Informed consent
  • Confidentiality
  • Clinical trial issues (including randomization, use of placebo)
  • Special populations (including children, prisoners, impaired decision-making)
  • Working in resource-poor countries
  • Payment of participants
  • Sensitive conditions (including HIV infection, injection drug use, major psychiatric illness)
  • Other ethical issues

For more information, contact us.