Navigating the Research Process
NIMICT's List of Questions EVERY Researcher Should Think About Before Executing Research Projects
What is the neurological condition you are studying?
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Brain injuries and trauma
- Huntington's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson's disease
What is the funding source?
What is the study design?
- Best Evidence
- Clinical trials
- Cohort Studies
- Case Control
- Case series
- Case study/case report
What is your patient population?
- Under 18 years
- 18 to 44 years
- 45 to 64 years
- 65 years and over
Racial and ethnic groups?
- American Indian or Alaska Native
- Black or African American
- Hispanic or Latino
- Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
- Adults unable to consent
- Individuals with HIV
- Individuals who are not yet adults
- Wards of the State
- Pregnant women
What is the catchment area?
What type of institution? Is it the same as the recruitment site(s)?
- Academic Institution / Hospital
- Non-Academic Institution / Hospital
- Private Practice
- Clinical Research Organization (CRO)
Do you use the following resources as a part of your research plan to recruit participants?
- Institution communications department
- Office of clinical trials
- PR/advertising firm
What is the PI and your institution's relationship with local community?
Do you conduct participant follow-up(s)?
What is the length of study?
What is your enrollment period?
- Acute (24-48 hour period)
What is the time interval of follow-up(s)?
What are your enrollment hours?
- Weekdays (9am – 5pm)
- Weekdays with weekend coverage
- 24 hours a day/7 days a week
What is the method of follow-up(s)?
- Phone calls
- Home visits
- Direct mailings
How do you and your research team recruit potential participants?
- Advertisements (television ads, radio ads, newspaper ads)
- Direct mass communications (telephone, mail, email, newsletters)
- General Public
- In-direct mass communications (flyers, posters, brochures)
- Patient registry
- Physician Referral
- Pre-existing database
What type of services you provide in efforts to support trial participation?
- Daycare services
- Travel Reimbursement
Does your research staff have the ability (e.g. translation services, translators, bilingual staff) to enroll non-English speaking patients?
All of these questions are critical to ask yourself and colleagues before you execute a research project