Definitions for "Prospective study"
An inquiry in which groups of individuals are selected in terms of whether they are or are not exposed to certain factors, and then followed over time to determine differences in the rate at which disease develops in relation to exposure to the factor. Also called cohort study.
Studies which evaluate participants at a specific timepoint, and undertake some intervention (a drug is given or a risk factor is removed, for example), then examine them later to see the effect of that intervention.
A study in which participants are identified and then followed forward in time.
an experiment that is designed to answer a specific question (prospective -- meaning literally "looking forward"), with every aspect of the design meant to facilitate getting that particular answer