Reconceptualising the objectives of a pilot study for clinical research

Gardner, Glenn, Gardner, Anne, MacLellan, Lorna, and Osborne, Sonya (2003) Reconceptualising the objectives of a pilot study for clinical research. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 40 (7). pp. 719-724.

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This is a methodological study in which a case report is used to retrospectively analyse the link between a successful pilot study and stalled main study to identify potential methodological weaknesses in the planning process. The analysis identified unanticipated influences related to hospital processes and discipline boundaries that adversely influenced participant recruitment and retention for a clinical trial. The findings of the study demonstrate that, whilst the pilot is an important step in research planning to confirm the design and operational processes for a study, a thorough analysis of the relevant health service environment is an important additional objective for the pilot study.

Item ID: 10255
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-491X
Keywords: pilot study; research methodology; postoperative pain
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2010 23:35
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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