Doing a pilot study: why is it essential?

  • Zailinawati AH
  • P Schattner
  • D Mazza
Keywords: pilot study, primary care


A pilot study is one of the essential stages in a research project. This paper aims to describe the importance of and steps involved in executing a pilot study by using an example of a descriptive study in primary care. The process of testing the feasibility of the project proposal, recruitment of subjects, research tool and data analysis was reported. We conclude that a pilot study is necessary and useful in providing the groundwork in a research project.


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How to Cite
AHZ., SchattnerP., & MazzaD. (2006). Doing a pilot study: why is it essential?. Malaysian Family Physician, 1(2 & 3), 4. Retrieved from
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