Reconceptualising the objectives of a pilot study for clinical research

Gardner, Glenn and Gardner, Anne and MacLellan, Lorna and Osborne, Sonya ORCID: (2003) Reconceptualising the objectives of a pilot study for clinical research. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 40 (7). pp. 719-724. ISSN 0020-7489


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. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2021 04:27
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2021 04:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: pilot study; postoperative pain; research methodology
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420501 Acute care
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