Getting started in research: designing and preparing to conduct a research study

Australas Psychiatry. 2015 Feb;23(1):12-5. doi: 10.1177/1039856214562075. Epub 2014 Dec 11.


Objective: To discuss common pitfalls and useful tips in designing a quantitative research study, the importance and process of ethical approval, and consideration of funding.

Conclusions: Through careful planning, based on formulation of a research question, early career researchers can design and conduct quantitative research projects within the framework of the Scholarly Project or in their own independent projects.

Keywords: ethics; research funding; research methods; study design.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / ethics
  • Biomedical Research / methods*
  • Humans
  • Psychiatry*
  • Research Design*