Key Points 3-3s

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The following key points should be considered when authoring the procedures section.
  • Explain tasks and procedures from the subject's point of view (what will he or she be expected to do?).
  • Estimate the total amount of time for the person involved in the study.
  • Explain the frequency of procedures.
  • Explain how the person was assigned to groups.
  • Disclose any additional costs or charges for the research procedures with estimated amounts.
  • Describe "randomization" in lay terms.
  • State the probabilities of assignment to each group.
  • For survey/questionnaire studies, state that not all questions need to be answered in order to participate.
  • If the procedures are very complicated or involved, use schema to describe them.