What is a pilot or feasibility study? A review of current practice and editorial policy

Article English OPEN
Arain, M.; Campbell, M.J.; Cooper, C.L.; Lancaster, G.A.;
(2010)
  • Publisher: BioMed Central
  • Journal: BMC Medical Research Methodology,volume 10,pages67-67 (issn: 1471-2288, eissn: 1471-2288)
  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC2912920, doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-10-67
  • Subject: Epidemiology | Feasibility Studies | Data Interpretation, Statistical | R5-920 | Correspondence | Methods | Medicine (General) | Editorial Policies | Humans | Pilot Projects | R1 | RA

<p>Abstract</p> <p>Background</p> <p>In 2004, a review of pilot studies published in seven major medical journals during 2000-01 recommended that the statistical analysis of such studies should be either mainly descriptive or focus on sample size estimation, while resul... View more
  • References (9)

    1. Arnold DM, Burns KE, Adhikari NK, Kho ME, Meade MO, Cook DJ: McMaster Critical Care Interest Group. The design and interpretation of pilot trials in clinical research in critical care. Crit Care Med 2009, 37(Suppl 1):S69-74.

    2. Thabane L, Ma J, Chu R, Cheng J, Ismaila A, Rios LP, Robson R, Thabane M, Goldsmith CH: A tutorial on pilot studies: The what, why and How. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2010, 10:1.

    3. Lancaster GA, Dodd S, Williamson PR: Design and analysis of pilot studies: recommendations for good practice. J Eval Clin Pract 2004, 10:307-12.

    4. Halpern SD, Karlawish JH, Berlin JA: The continuing unethical conduct of underpowered clinical trials. JAMA 2002, 288:358-62.

    5. Kraemer HC, Mintz J, Noda A, Tinklenberg J, Yesavage JA: Caution regarding the use of pilot studies to guide power calculations for study proposals. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2006, 63:484-9.

    6. Grimes DA, Schulz KF: Descriptive studies: what they can and cannot do. Lancet 2002, 359:145-9.

    7. Ioannidis JPA: Why Most Published Research Findings Are False. PLoS Med 2005, 2(8):e124.

    8. Lancaster GA, Campbell MJ, Eldridge S, Farrin A, Marchant M, Muller S, Perera R, Peters TJ, Prevost AT, Rait G: Trials in Primary Care: issues in the design of complex intervention. Statistical Methods in Medical Research 2010. to appear

    9. Craig P, Dieppe P, Macintyre S, Michie S, Nazareth I, Petticrew M: Developing and evaluating complex interventions: new guidance. 2008 [http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Utilities/Documentrecord/ index.htm?d=MRC004871]. Medical Research Council

  • Metrics
    No metrics available
Share - Bookmark