Epidemiological research methods. Part VI. Planning a research project
CITATION: Botha, J. L. & Yach, D. 1987. Epidemiological research methods. Part VI. Planning a research project. South African Medical Journal, 72:563-566.
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The need for writing a good protocol is still paramount and applies not only to randomised controlled trials (RCTs), but to all research projects. Writing a good protocol reflects good planning, and in this paper we address some vital aspects of planning a study and writing a protocol. The information given here should be augmented by referring to earlier articles in this series, as well as guidelines published elsewhere.