Planning Your Research Study

  • Susan CutlerEmail author
  • Peter Williams


In this chapter the key issues that have to be addressed when planning a research study are discussed. Planning a literature search and the key methodologies to consider are presented. The examples are applicable to both diagnostic and therapeutic practice. Insight into good practice measures when planning a research study is addressed. Qualitative and quantitative research designs are mentioned briefly. The advantages and disadvantages of each design are tabulated. The various stages of the research process are described briefly to provide an overview of the anticipated amount of time and effort that is required to undertake a research project.


Research question Design Literature review Methodology Data analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Head of Department, School of HealthTeesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUK
  2. 2.Department of Information StudiesUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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