The DecodeME study protocol has been accepted for publication by BMC Neurology. By publishing our study protocol in this way, we make sure that the design is transparent. This allows other researchers around the world to replicate and build upon the study with their own cohorts.
What is a protocol?
The study protocol is an essential part of a research project. It is a document outlining the design of a study, describing the objectives, methodology and overall organisation of the research to be carried out. It forms a template and guide to the research process as a whole. The DecodeME protocol was approved by the funders and a Research Ethics Committee.
Why is it important?
It is a full description of the research study and acts as a ‘manual’ for members of the DecodeME research team to ensure that we all adhere to agreed methods.
What does it mean that it has been published?
BMC Neurology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. The protocol is now available online for anyone – researchers, scientists, and people with ME alike – who wish to read exactly how the study is being carried out.
You can read the protocol here