- Search for Research Summaries, Reviews, and Reports
- EPC Project
- Framework for Considering Study Designs for Future Research Needs
Future Research Needs – Methods Research Series
- Frameworks for Determining Research Gaps During Systematic Reviews
- Engaging Stakeholders To Identify and Prioritize Future Research Needs
- Defining an Optimal Format for Presenting Research Needs
- Assessing the Impact of AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Reports on Future Research
- Minimal Modeling Approaches to Value of Information Analysis for Health Research
- Evaluating the Potential Use of Modeling and Value-of-Information Analysis for Future Research Prioritization Within the Evidence-based Practice Center Program
- Finding Evidence on Ongoing Studies
- Prioritization Criteria Methodology for Future Research Needs Proposals Within the Effective Health Care Program
- Presentation of Future Research Needs
Future Research Needs Projects
Research Report - Final – Mar. 8, 2012
Framework for Considering Study Designs for Future Research Needs
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Scope of this Paper
This paper is one of a series of papers that provides recommendations and best practices on the steps in identifying and prioritizing FRNs. Other papers that address other steps in the FRN process will be posted as they are completed at www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/futureresearchneedsmethods.cfm.
Our paper proposes a method for composing the study design considerations portion of FRN reports. This portion discusses proposed research designs for addressing the high-priority research needs as determined using stakeholder input. Each proposed research design is accompanied by a discussion of advantages and disadvantages for using the approach. Here we present:
- a framework based on a standard taxonomy for study designs and criteria for evaluating the appropriateness of a study design to address a particular research need and
- criteria for evaluating each design: the advantages of the study design for producing a valid result; the resources needed and duration of the proposed study; the availability of data or ability to recruit; and ethical, legal, or social issues.
The study design discussions are intended to be considerations and not prescriptive to researchers or funders. This framework is intended to help FRN project teams consistently apply criteria to determine which study design may be most appropriate for each research question and provide suggestions for their rationale and presentation.