A research question can be developed by considering the Developing research questions document below.
The steps involved will also help to identify the most appropriate research method(s) to answer the question and the information gathered will form the basis of a rigorous research proposal:
Clinical trial registers
It is important to be aware of any research currently under way that is relevant to your research question, for the following reasons:
- Avoids duplication
- Funders are unlikely to fund a similar topic until the results from current research has been published
- Potential for networking and collaboration with researchers with similar interests
Clinical trial registration involves placing the protocol for a clinical trial on a free, publicly available, and electronically searchable register.
There are many different registers, some focusing on specific conditions and others related to geographical regions.
Which register(s) you search will depend on your research topic and size of the project.
Registers to be aware of include:
- International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number Register
- UK clinical trials gateway
- NHS website search using the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform
- UK Clinical Research Network Portfolio
Clinical trial registration in physiotherapy journals: recommendations from the International Society of Physiotherapy Journal Editors. Physiotherapy. 2012 Dec;98(4):273-6. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2012.10.001.