Pitfalls 3-3s

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The following suggestions will help you avoid common pitfalls in the procedures section.
  • Do not use the word "protocol"; just explain the tasks or steps.
  • Do not have statements that are inconsistent with, or contradictory to, the protocol; if the protocol requires five survey questions, the consent document should also state five survey questions.
  • Include all of the purposes of the research, not just the ones that are beneficial to the subject.
  • Do not confuse treatment with research.