European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 108–110 | Cite as

The conduct of dental research: The protocol, a guide

  • M. E. J. CurzonEmail author
  • P. E. Cleaton-Jones
Scientific Article


BACKGROUND: Research today requires detailed planning to ensure efficient work, to raise funding and to fit into time constraints. AIM: The aim of this article is to provide a broad guidance on the layout and content of a research protocol. METHOD: Years of experience in writing research protocols were used to give guidance on writing, timings, content, layout and successful completion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leeds Dental InstituteLeedsEngland
  2. 2.University of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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