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Title: Developing workable research methods: Lessons from a pilot study with vulnerable participants and complex assessments
Contributor(s): Stanley, David  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2011
DOI: 10.1177/1744987110380336
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Abstract: This paper highlights the value of a pilot study when planning or designing a research project. Pilot studies allow researchers to test the feasibility and logistics of larger studies. They offer an opportunity for the researcher to test the research question and its applicability to the target population, to assess the relevance and suitability of the tests, tools or methods used in the research and to gather preliminary data that can be used to assess the validity and appropriateness of the analysis approach being planned. A well-designed pilot study can also offer an opportunity for researchers to improve the quality and efficiency of the research under consideration and even reveal gaps or deficiencies in the proposed research. All of this allows researchers to gain insights into their planned research without wasting time or incurring the costs associated with planning or running a larger study.
Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: Journal of Research in Nursing, 16(4), p. 319-320
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1744-9871
Field of Research (FOR): 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: D1 A Substantial Review of an Entire Field of Study
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