Clinical Research Glossary

study design study design


The way a study is set up to answer the study question.

Example of study design in a sentence

It is very important for researchers to use a study design that will answer the study questions.

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The study design determines how participants will be recruited and enrolled, whether participants will be randomized, what kinds of data will be collected, and how the data will be analyzed.

There are many different types of study design.

Other info to think about when joining a study

Researchers are careful about using the right study design to answer a specific question. You might learn about the study design from the study team or the consent form.

You may be able to find more information about the study you are thinking about joining at There may be a section called “How is the study designed?”

If there is anything you don’t understand about the study design you should ask the study team.

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