The importance of pilot studies

Edwin Roland Van Teijlingen, Vanora Hundley

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    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. Pilot studies fulfil a range of important functions and can provide valuable insights for other researchers. There is a need for more discussion amongst researchers of both the process and outcomes of pilot studies.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalSocial Research Update
    Issue number35
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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    Van Teijlingen, E. R., & Hundley, V. (2001). The importance of pilot studies. Social Research Update, (35).

    The importance of pilot studies. / Van Teijlingen, Edwin Roland; Hundley, Vanora.

    In: Social Research Update, No. 35, 2001.

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    Van Teijlingen, ER & Hundley, V 2001, 'The importance of pilot studies', Social Research Update, no. 35.
    Van Teijlingen ER, Hundley V. The importance of pilot studies. Social Research Update. 2001;(35).
    Van Teijlingen, Edwin Roland ; Hundley, Vanora. / The importance of pilot studies. In: Social Research Update. 2001 ; No. 35.
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