How to Conduct Clinical Research with Limited-Budget


Jointly Organized

EMAS Workshop

How to Conduct Clinical Research with Limited-Budget


Hospital Kuala Lumpur



AUG 2024

Director & Instructor

Professor Fikri Abu-Zidan is an international scholar in acute care and trauma surgery, disaster medicine, point-of-care ultrasound, and applied medical statistics and research methods. During his 43-years career, he has made major contributions to trauma management, education and research in Kuwait, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, and United Arab Emirates. He has contributed to more than 500 publications in books and refereed international journals. He presented more than 770 invited lectures and scientific abstracts and received more than 40 national and international awards for clinical, research and educational activities. He chaired the organization committees of seven successful international conferences on Trauma management, Critical Care, and prevention.

Currently, he serves as the Statistical Consultant for the World Society of Emergency Surgery, as the Statistical Editor for the World Journal of Emergency Surgery, and as the Biostatistical Editor for European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. He has served as the Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee of UAE University (2017-2019). He developed numerous innovative approaches in his research, educational and clinical activities He is extensively involved in medical research since more than 40 years. This resulted in developing practical workshops on medical research methods and writing that has been running globally in different countries. It mingles his extensive clinical, research, statistical, and educational experience into very attractive and educational workshops in which he shares his extensive research design, statistical analysis, and editing with the participants.


  • Define feasible research questions that can be answered with a limited budget.
  • Guide the audience on the basics of writing a case report and a review article.
  • Learn the principles of performing research on public available data.
  • Designing a diagnostic study/li>
  • Designing a survey/questionnaire
  • Using a Delphi methodology and guidelines
  • Guide the audience on the basics of analyzing data.

Our Timetable

Schedule Plan


7.30-8.00 am

Session I: Starting without funds.

Ice breaking, teams’ allocation.

8.00 – 8.20am

Research with limited budget.

8.20 – 8.35 am

Conceiving a research question

8.35 – 9.00 am

Team exercise. Generating a research question

9.00 – 9.40 am

Case reports

9.40 – 10.00 am

Coffee break

10.00 – 10.20 am

Session II: Low-cost research designs

Case series

10.20 - 10.40 am

Review articles

10.40 - 11.00 am

Preparing your figures

11.00 - 11.15 am


11.15 – 11.20 am

Secondary data

11.20 – 11.50 am


11.50 – 12.10 pm

Analyzing a questionnaire

12.10 - 12.30 pm

Lunch break

12.30 – 1.30 pm

Session III: Low-cost research designs

Delphi methods

1.30 - 1.50 pm

Diagnostic studies

1.50 - 2.10 pm

Team Exercise: Diagnostic studies

2.10 - 2.30 pm

Analyzing your data

2.30 - 3.00 pm

Common research errors

3.00 - 3.20 pm

Final Advice

3.20 - 3.40 pm

Evaluations and Feedback

3.40 - 4.00 pm