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Crowdfunding: an innovative way to fund your project

22 June 2017

Nurse Researcher

Evidence & practice

Background Getting research funded is extremely difficult, with research councils rejecting more than 70% of grant applications (Else 2014). It is even more...

Why undertake a pilot in a qualitative PhD study? Lessons learned to promote success

23 January 2017

Nurse Researcher

Evidence & practice

Background Pilot studies can play an important role in qualitative studies. Methodological and practical issues can be shaped and refined by undertaking pilots....

Delphi research: issues raised by a pilot study

26 January 2012

Nurse Researcher


Aim This paper will explore the issues raised by the pilot stage of a three-round Delphi study. Background The Delphi method involves a range of complex activity for...

Lessons learned on approaches to data collection and analysis from a pilot study

Nurse Researcher

evidence & practice

Background Background Pilot studies are more commonly associated with quantitative research, and their use is under-reported in qualitative approaches. This paper...

The BLEED pilot study: determining the usability of a medical device before the clinical trial

14 September 2015

Nurse Researcher

Clinical trials

Aim To discuss the methods of a study which will aim to determine the usability of a medical device not yet approved for use in a clinical trial. Background The...