After completing your first article critique, you’re to begin designing and implementing a limited clinical research project.
The main elements of your project are to be undertaken within 1 training term. To make this possible, allowing for sufficient time to complete the project, you should plan to conduct your project in your second year of training.
It's important to liaise in advance with a prospective project supervisor in order to design a realistic and achievable project.
Consider building on earlier research work undertaken by the project supervisor or rehabilitation unit or descriptive studies, due to time limitations.
Study of patient/group of patients
A range of study types could be conducted. There is a hierarchy of study types with randomised trials, cohort studies, case control studies, cross-sectional analyses and descriptive studies accepted in this order as having greater possibility of bias.
An appropriate study type depends on the issue to be researched, for example if a treatment is being evaluated then a randomised trial is generally necessary.
It’s acceptable for you to conduct a pilot study in order to develop the appropriate methodology for a larger clinical trial.
You project could also involve assessing the outcomes of rehabilitation programs, investigating aspects of the rehabilitation process or testing the effectiveness of treatments or techniques applicable to rehabilitation.
If a project with a single patient or using quantitative methods is planned, you must have approval from your course convenor first.
Trainees are permitted to submit a position paper that has been endorsed by the relevant AFRM Special Interest Group as your clinical research project if it contains a systematic review that is of a similar design and standard to the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions.
Systematic reviews conducted using robust methods, like the those of the Cochrane Collaboration, may be acceptable for your research project.
You must have approval from your course convenor before proceeding.
Your project should not be a large or complex project.
The final presentation of the project should be in a format suitable for journal publication.
Word limit: 3000 words maximum.
Your project must have been designed and undertaken with the supervision of a nominated AFRM Fellow acting as a clinical supervisor.
The supervisor is to review your finalised project and approve and sign off for submission, confirming all requirements have been met.
Submit your final Clinical Research Project, along with a Rehabilitation Medicine Module Assessment cover sheet (PDF) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Clinical Research Project is worth 50% of your overall project mark.
Academic Integrity in Training Policy
Haynes B, Sackett D, Guyatt G, Tugwell P. Clinical Epidemiology — How to do Clinical Research. Third Edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2005.
RACP Online Learning Resource: Research Projects
Rehabilitation Medicine Module Assessment cover sheet (PDF)
Campbell MJ, Swinscow TDV. Statistics at Square One. Tenth Edition: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd; 2002.