Reconceptualising the objectives of a pilot study for clinical research

Gardner, Glenn E., Gardner, Anne, MacLellan, Lorna, & 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.

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ID Code: 3839
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Pilot study, Research methodology, Postoperative pain
DOI: 10.1016/S0020-7489(03)00011-7
ISSN: 0020-7489
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 07 Apr 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:31

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