publication . Article . Other literature type . 2002

The importance of pilot studies

Edwin van Teijlingen; Hundley, Vanora;
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  • Published: 19 Jun 2002
  • Country: United Kingdom
: The term 'pilot studies' refers to mini versions of a full-scale study (also called 'feasibility' studies), as well as the specific pre-testing of a particular research instrument such as a questionnaire or interview schedule. Pilot studies are a crucial element of a good study design. Conducting a pilot study does not guarantee success in the main study, but it does increase the likelihood of success. Pilot studies fulfill a range of important functions and can provide valuable insights for other researchers. There is a need for more discussion among researchers of both the process and outcomes of pilot studies.
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