Research process. Planning the research project

LL Gabel Department of Family Medicine, Ohio State University, Columbus 43210.

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This second article in a series of six on the research process provides a guide to planning a research project from start to finish. By description and illustration, 13 steps are outlined. Although the guide is comprehensive, advice is offered at strategic points regarding the value of consulting with a research specialist or a colleague experienced in research to gain assistance or insight into the planning process. Additionally, an admonition underlies the whole process: keep it simple and succinct.