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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 what the trial will do, how it will be carried out, and why each part of the trial is necessary. 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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