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Reconceptualising the objectives of a pilot study for clinical research

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posted on 2003-09-01, 00:00 authored by G Gardner, A Gardner, L MacLellan, S Osborne
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.

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Journal

International journal of nursing studies

Volume

40

Issue

7

Pagination

719 - 724

Publisher

Pergamon

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

0020-7489

eISSN

1873-491X

Language

eng

Notes

Available online 19 March 2003.

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, Elsevier Science

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