HIV/AIDS Glossary

Protocol

The detailed plan for conducting a clinical trial. The protocol is carefully designed to safeguard the health of participants and to answer specific research questions. The protocol describes the purpose of the trial, how the trial will be carried out, and who is eligible to take part in the trial. Each person participating in a clinical trial must agree to the rules set out by the protocol.

Related Term(s): Clinical Trial, Eligibility Criteria

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