Conducting a pilot research study is like test-driving a new car. Pilot studies build preliminary evidence and allow for investigators to ensure everything runs smoothly before committing to an extensive, large-scale study.
If scientific research were like building a house, pilot studies would be the foundation. Their purpose is to establish solid evidence that will attract external support for large-scale studies. Clinical Futures at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is giving three investigators the tools that they need to get to start digging.