Beginning a Clinical Research Study

Bruce L. Pihlstrom DDS, MS

Learn about beginning a clinical research study by identifying a mentor and biostatistician, understanding the basic principles of defining and answering a research question, establishing a testable research hypothesis and choosing an appropriate research design.

1. Learn how to identify and work with a research mentor and a biostatistician

  • Characteristics of a good research learner
  • Characteristics of a good research mentor
  • Establishing an ongoing relationship with a research mentor and statistician

2. Learn the importance and characteristics of a focused research question that forms the basis of a clinical research study.

3. Learn how the research question can be refined using specific steps:

  • P for Problem/person/patient/population
  • I for Intervention or exposure under consideration
  • C for Comparison/Control intervention or exposure
  • O for Outcomes

4. Learn how to state the research question as a hypothesis in terms of the independent and dependent variables that can be can be tested in a clinical research study.

  • Null hypothesis
  • Alternative hypothesis

5. Learn about choosing a research design that is appropriate for the question being asked.

  • Observational study (retrospective/prospective)
  • Clinical trial

Glossary – Definitions of Key Terms


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  • LanguageEnglish
  • Release dateThursday 23rd March, 2017, 04:00 AM
  • Expiration dateMonday 23rd March, 2020, 04:00 AM
  • AGD PACE subject code(s)149
“Beginning a Clinical Research Study” is co-sponsored by Tribune Group GmbH. Tribune Group GmbH is a recognized ADA CERP and AGD PACE provider. At the end of the webinar, after passing the C.E. Quiz, you will be able to download your ADA CERP and AGD PACE C.E. Certificates.