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J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2013 Jul;113(7):556-63. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2013.007.

A research primer: basic guidelines for the novice researcher.

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  • 1Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education, Athens, OH 45701-2979 USA.


Research can achieve many objectives, primarily by establishing a supportable, verifiable basis for clinical decisions. An evidence-based practice can streamline patient care, improving safety through consistency of care and making health care more affordable for patients. By cultivating research skills, osteopathic physicians and trainees can begin to forge a reciprocal relationship with medical literature and current findings, approaching research as active contributors as well as consumers. Many challenges, however, potentially hinder osteopathic physicians, residents, or medical students who wish to develop research skills. In the present article, the authors summarize research concepts and terminology that will enable novice researchers to interact effectively with more experienced researchers, statisticians, and methodologists.

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