Most scientific research studies require that you first complete a pre-qualifying process.
Each study has its own specific hypothesis, or preliminary idea, that needs to be proven before it is accepted as fact. The scientist usually has very specific guidelines that must be met by each study participant in order to prove his idea. The initial questionnaire is created to help eliminate volunteers who do not meet those specific guidelines.
For instance: the volunteer’s address might not be in close proximity to the study site, making travel difficult and multiple trips impossible; the person’s age might not be within the study protocol; the volunteer may have another illness that might influence outcome data in a negative way.
So if you are asked to fill out a questionnaire and are informed that, based on your answers, you do not qualify for the study, it simply means that your answers did not meet the guidelines set up for that particular investigation. Keep in mind that your specific criteria might match the guidelines for another study perfectly! Return to this site periodically to check out other studies in need of volunteers.
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There are two basic categories of medical research: Basic Science and Clinical Research. The label “Basic Science” refers to research that seeks to increase our understanding of various aspects of a disorder, from the rates at which it occurs in the population to the biological mechanisms responsible for its symptoms. On the other hand, “Clinical Research” refers to the study of patients in a clinical setting (i.e. in the hospital or a health clinic) to improve treatments.
Experiments are generally undertaken in order to apply or test hypotheses, i.e. preliminary ideas that need to be proved prior to being accepted as “true.” A hypothesis about how something might work is evaluated by testing it in order to collect data. For instance, a researcher may test the hypothesis that a certain medication may be useful for the treatment of pain in fibromyalgia; a clinical study would then involve administering the medication to patients and evaluating their responses, both positive and negative. Once a study is completed, researchers typically write up their findings and send them to scientific medical journals where they are peer reviewed, i.e. read and examined by other scientists to judge whether the information is sound or if there were flaws in the manner in which the data was collected or analyzed. If the paper is judged worthy of publication, it then appears in the journal, thereby making the information available to clinicians who may then apply new ideas to their clinical decision-making. In this way, our understanding of fibromyalgia and the effective means of treatment improves.