Research process. Preparing a research proposal

LL Gabel Department of Family Medicine, Ohio State University, Columbus 43212.

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The preparation of a research proposal is often a necessary step in the research process. Research proposals are used to secure permission to undertake a study, to ensure protection of subjects, to secure needed resources, and to achieve a refined perspective of the proposed study. This third article of a series of six on the research process describes the steps involved in preparing a research proposal, demonstrating a parallel to the research planning process.