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Clinical research in a nutshell: How to embark on research journey?
Asim Elnour, Alaa Abdul Aziz, , Cristina Sanches Giraud, Naama M. s. Alkalbani, Abdelrazek M ali abd Elrazek, Mohammed Baraka, Abdulla Al Amoodi
Published in Symbiosis
Background: Medical students, interns and residents at all levels needs a boost dose of simple plan and exemplified written format to participate in medical (clinical/toxicological) research. Aim: Herein, we aim to provide "critical points to take into account when developing a research from the idea to the final publication". This will guide those who need to delve deeper the clinical research panorama and write a clinical research paper. Methods: We have performed a review on available tools that provide information on how to conduct a research study and develop a manuscript intended for publication. In order to initiate any clinical research activity, an initial assessment of the current routine clinical practice is a pre-requisite to conceive and design the research. In "Introduction", a clinical researcher should inform the readers about the clinical implications of the study and should anticipate new practices. The author should also bring the statistical outputs in organized predefined titled tables, no matter how many initially; however, later may deduce to the minimum number of tables. Results: The researcher or investigator should provide anticipated results for the proposed protocol and detailed results for the manuscript. The initial results are the demographics and past medical/medication/ morbidities. Then should narrow down more specific to the main findings. Each results illustrated in tables should stands as the discussion area. Therefore, tables must follow an uphill fashion and upward direction to the final conclusions. Discussions: The tip of the iceberg is the main findings and consequently, the successive less important findings should be reported. The discussion is the study background where one can explore the findings and compare the results to the international studies. The aligned differences between the study findings and other studies should be reasoned and explained with clear statements. Conclusions: The researcher should conclude the most important findings from the work performed and should recommend changes and interventions that facilitate the clinical research findings. The researcher should then state applicability of the findings to day-today clinical practice and generalization to the population from which the data are pertaining.
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JournalSOJ Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Open AccessYes
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