Lora Humphrey Beebe, PhD, APRN-BC, is Associate Professor, University of Tennessee College of Nursing, Knoxville, TN.
What Can We Learn From Pilot Studies?
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2007
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 213–218, October 2007
How to Cite
Beebe, L. H. (2007), What Can We Learn From Pilot Studies?. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 43: 213–218. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2007.00136.x
- Issue published online: 24 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2007
- Pilot studies;
- psychiatric nursing;
TOPIC. This paper discusses some of the potential lessons to be learned from pilot studies, using a recently completed pilot study of exercise in outpatients with schizophrenia as a case example.
CONCLUSIONS. Pilot studies are a source of important research and clinical information in the areas of recruitment barriers, attendance at study intervention sessions, monitoring procedures, physical sensations from study interventions, and additional outcomes.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. The author challenges psychiatric nurse clinicians to conduct and report the findings of pilot studies to enhance our knowledge and advance nursing science.