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September 2, 1983

Designing a Research Project: The Basics of Biomedical Research Methodology

Author Affiliations

School of Medicine State University of New York Buffalo

JAMA. 1983;250(9):1221-1222. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340090075036

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Analyzing Research Data: The Basics of Biomedical Research Methodology, by Ronald G. Marks, 210 pp, with illus, $25, Belmont, CA 94002 (10 Davis Dr), Lifetime Learning Publications, 1982.

Designing a Research Project, a text on the conduct of research, will be most useful as a guide to the appreciation of research. The text includes chapters on designing and planning research projects, deciding about the kinds of data to collect, designing data collection instruments, and choosing participants. It is designed to be the first text in a two-text, two-semester sequence.

The purpose of the book is to enumerate what must be taken into account in the undertaking of a research project. Planning is emphasized as crucial. The author encourages consultation with statisticians. Unfortunately, the author fails to emphasize the extent to which research builds on the work of others. Most research is designed to build on or amplify the work of