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Doing research: writing a research protocol

Information on what a research protocol is, and resources to help you write yours.

Definitions

There is confusion between the terms ‘research protocol’, ‘research proposal’ and ‘research application’.

Each is a detailed plan and description of a research project, but written for different purposes and audiences.

A research protocol has been defined as ‘the definitive document that will inform the process of the research’.

Hyndman S, Lloyd H. Information Pack for Health & Social Care researchers. NHS National Institute for Health Research, Research Design Service South Central;2013. Page 39.

Information Pack for Health & Social Care researchers

The research protocol is the basis of a research proposal, which may be an application for funding, ethics approval, or training.

Resources

Research protocols

Stokes M, Bruton A. Chapter 1.2: How to start. In: Moore, A; Lyon, P (ed). Getting involved in research: a pocket guide. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, National Physiotherapy Research Network, 2009.

How to start

Hyndman S, Lloyd H. Information Pack for Health & Social Care researchers. NHS National Institute for Health Research, Research Design Service South Central; 2013. Page 39.

Information Pack for Health & Social Care researchers

Funding applications

For resources on approaching research funders and writing successful grant applications:

Research funders

Applying for ethical approvals

For resources on governance and ethics:

Ethics and Governance

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