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The importance of pilot studies

19 June 2002

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

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...

Involving mothers in research studies: practical considerations

01 February 2007

Paediatric Nursing

A&S Science

The experiences of a researcher undertaking a qualitative study exploring mothers’ experiences of caring for children with complex needs are used to illustrate the...

The value of a hospital palliative care team to other staff

01 February 2006

Cancer Nursing Practice


A hospital palliative care team (HPCT) aims to provide specific advice, information and support for people with cancer in partnership with hospital consultants and...

The therapeutic value of the interview

09 July 2009

Cancer Nursing Practice


This study explored women’s sexuality following treatment for cervical cancer. Interviews were conducted with a sample of 13 women two to three years after treatment...

Reflections of a researcher interviewing older people

23 September 2009

Nursing Older People


The aim of this article is to remind those involved in research, either as researchers or reading it, of the possible effect of conducting research with...

Case study: an approach to qualitative enquiry

30 January 2002

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

A qualitative case study is a potentially valuable approach to conducting investigations aimed at understanding the complexity of care situations. This article...

The equalisers

01 October 2005

Learning Disability Practice

Practice & research

Karl Marx once implored thinkers to try to change the world rather than just ponder on it (Marx and Engels 1845/1974). Some researchers have tried to take up this...

Care professionals’ views on undertaking care assessment in the community

01 June 2008

Nursing Older People


This study explores the understanding of care assessments by care staff, which, the author contends, can become simply a task and another workforce issue, rather...

Methods of nurse selection: a review

04 January 1995

Nursing Standard

Clinical management/education

On February 11 1994, Sir Cecil Clothier’s report relating to the deaths and injuries at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital was published. One of its findings was 'a lack...

Conducting sensitive patient interviews

02 June 2004

Nursing Standard


Nurses are frequently engaged in the process of sensitive interviewing, whether taking a health history, dealing with a complaint or exploring a problem with a...