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Conducting a pilot study: case study of a novice researcher.

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dc.contributor.author Doody, Owen
dc.contributor.author Doody, Catriona M.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-15T09:05:10Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-15T09:05:10Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4946
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Pilot studies play a vital role in health research, but are often misused, mistreated and misrepresented. A well-conducted pilot study with clear aims and objectives within a formal framework ensures methodological rigour, can lead to higher-quality research and scientifically valid work that is publishable and can benefit patients and health service delivery. A pilot study contributes valuable information to assist researchers in the conduct of their study. Conducting a pilot study provides the researcher with the opportunity to develop and enhance the skills necessary before commencing the larger study. By conducting a pilot the researcher obtains preliminary data, can evaluate their data-analysis method and clarify the financial and human resources required. This article presents an overview of pilot studies, why they are conducted, what to consider when reporting pilot studies and the authors’ experience of conducting a pilot study. To conduct a successful study, researchers need to develop their skills, choose the right methods and carefully plan for all aspects of the process. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Mark Allen Healthcare en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries British Journal of Nursing;24 (21), pp. 1074-1078
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2015.24.21.1074
dc.subject pilot projects en_US
dc.subject research design en_US
dc.subject nursing research en_US
dc.title Conducting a pilot study: case study of a novice researcher. en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2016-03-15T08:59:42Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.12968/bjon.2015.24.21.1074
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1622379
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle British Journal Of Nursing
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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