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RESEARCH DESIGN – SPECIALIST ORGANISATIONS

Whether your project will be observational or interventional, the importance of selecting the most appropriate design approach is vital. Fortunately, there are a number of research networks, organisations, guideline documents, research programme outcomes and training events that you can draw upon to ensure that your selected methods will stand up to peer review. Seek the early involvement of a statistician to ensure that the numbers involved in your study would give sufficient statistical power, and consider involving them as a co-investigator. Also, involving patients and the public from early on in your research design processes can lead to a study that is more relevant to people’s needs, and can encourage more people to take part in the study itself, as well as helping to empower those involved.