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“Underdiscussed, underused and underreported”: pilot work in team-based qualitative research

Morrison, Jane, Clement, Tim, Nestel, Debra and Brown, James 2016, “Underdiscussed, underused and underreported”: pilot work in team-based qualitative research, Qualitative research journal, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 314-330, doi: 10.1108/QRJ-07-2015-0053.

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Title “Underdiscussed, underused and underreported”: pilot work in team-based qualitative research
Author(s) Morrison, Jane
Clement, Tim
Nestel, Debra
Brown, James
Journal name Qualitative research journal
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Start page 314
End page 330
Total pages 17
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2016-01
ISSN 1443-9883
1448-0980
Keyword(s) pilot
qualitative research
reflexivity
teamwork
research team
pilot study
pilot work
Summary Purpose: The authors, with disparate organisational affiliations and in different geographic locations, worked together on a qualitative multiple-case study of ad hoc supervisory encounters between general practice (GP) supervisors and GP-registrars. The purpose of this paper is to share our experiences and learning to highlight how valuable pilot work can be when conducting team-based qualitative research. Design/methodology/approach: This paper outlines the value of pilot work in consolidating whole team understanding of the research plan, using our experiences as an example. We first offer a synthesis of published literature relating to pilot work, especially in qualitative research approaches. Next, we outline and justify the pilot work undertaken for the ad hoc supervision study. Lastly, we use each researcher’s voice to describe our experiences and then share the lessons we learned undertaking pilot work in qualitative research. Findings: We found that while pilot work can be useful in refining strategies, data collection processes and analytic instruments. There are further benefits in galvanising whole team understanding of the research plan, in encouraging reflexivity, in ensuring transparency of the research process, and for ethical considerations. Originality/value: There are few published papers or books which offer researchers guidance regarding pilot work, especially within a qualitative paradigm. Our experience shows there is value in planning and conducting pilot work. We believe others may benefit from our experience as they embark on team-based research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/QRJ-07-2015-0053
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies In Education not elsewhere classified
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Emerald Group Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091013

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Collection: School of Medicine
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