Clinical Research Glossary

minimum minimum

The smallest or least amount.

Example of minimum in a sentence

A research study needs a minimum number of participants so enough data can be collected to answer the study questions.

More Info

The word “minimum” can refer to anything that can be measured.

For example, in a research study the “minimum age” in eligibility criteria is the youngest age that is allowed for a person to be enrolled.

Other info to think about when joining a study

The term “minimum” may be used in a variety of contexts. For example, the study team share information about the minimum amount of time you have to do a study task. They might also talk about the minimum age for study participants.

If you are unclear about how the study team is using the word, please ask them to explain more.

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