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protocol(prō′tə-kôl′, -kōl′, -kŏl′)
(1) The study plan which governs all aspects of a clinical trial. The protocol describes the objectives, design, methodology, statistical considerations, and organisation. It usually gives the background and rationale for the study, and includes the specific questions the study is designed to answer, all the details of the trial (e.g., length of study, who may participate, pre- and post-trial data to be gathered), and all the procedures put in place to ensure that the trial safeguards the health of the participants
(2) A systematic review which describes the rationale for the review, the objectives and the methods that will be used to locate, select and critically appraise studies, and to collect and analyse data from the included studies.
A formal plan of proposed research activity submitted to the FDA and to a hospital’s institutional review board for review/approval; the protocol is used at the study site to guide research, and provides details for studying an experimental agent, treatment or procedure.
A local policy or strategy which defines appropriate action and guides how an activity should be performed.
protocolBariatrics See Fen/Phen protocol Cardiology See Cornell Protocol Neonatology See Philadelphia protocol NIHspeak
protocolA plan for the conduct of a clinical trial or a course of treatment.
Patient discussion about protocol
Q. Do you have an outline of a specific protocol to follow to improve the quality of life when living with FM? Hello my new friends, I have been living with fibromyalgia for more than eight years and about three years ago the symptoms got so bad that I was not able to go to work and barely look after myself. Over the last three years I have tried many different medications and treatments but have not had many long term improvements. I am currently using narcotics, Lyrica, to manage the pain and am going to massage and cranial secreal therapy on a regular basis as I have found they assist with coping. Do you have an outline of a specific protocol to follow to improve the quality of life when living with FM? Anything that may assist with improving would be greatly appreciated.