There are many reasons why doctors want to undertake research and these include a desire to understand in more detail a particular problem they have encountered in their practice, a need to demonstrate commitment to their speciality, career advancement and of course a desire to contribute new knowledge.
Forensic and legal medicine is a fertile area for research and in common with other branches of medicine has a myriad of unanswered questions that can provide the “raw material” for research projects of varying complexity. It is important to ensure that projects are evidence-based.
In order to gain the most from a research project it is vital to plan and prepare carefully before commencing work.
A number of factors need to be considered and will be discussed briefly.