Reconceptualising the objectives of a pilot study for clinical research

Gardner, Glenn, Gardner, Anne, MacLellan, Lorna and Osborne, Sonja 2003, Reconceptualising the objectives of a pilot study for clinical research, International journal of nursing studies, vol. 40, no. 7, pp. 719-724, doi: 10.1016/S0020-7489(03)00011-7.

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Title Reconceptualising the objectives of a pilot study for clinical research
Author(s) Gardner, Glenn
Gardner, Anne
MacLellan, Lorna
Osborne, Sonja
Journal name International journal of nursing studies
Volume number 40
Issue number 7
Start page 719
End page 724
Publisher Pergamon
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2003-09
ISSN 0020-7489
Keyword(s) pilot study
research methodology
postoperative pain
Summary 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.
Notes Available online 19 March 2003.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0020-7489(03)00011-7
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Elsevier Science
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