Methods

This section covers the procedures you followed, to carry out your study.
  • Talk to a statistician before you start your study. Doing so at the end of your study will serve no purpose.
  • Plan and write down the study design before starting out on the study, including choice of statistical tests.
  • Describe the hypothesis and how you will go about testing it.

  • Specify the tests used to analyse the data.

  • If the tests are not very well-known, provide references.

  • Provide references for standard methods used; explain new ones.
  • Specify the criteria and selection processes.

  • Describe methods of assessment and follow-up.

  • Use diagrams to explain the study design.

  • Provide all information that one would need to repeat the study.