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Design and analysis of pilot studies: recommendations for good practice

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Design and analysis of pilot studies : recommendations for good practice. / Lancaster, Gillian; Dodd, Susanna; Williamson, Paula R.

In: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, Vol. 10, No. 2, 05.2004, p. 307-312.

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Lancaster, G, Dodd, S & Williamson, PR 2004, 'Design and analysis of pilot studies: recommendations for good practice', Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 307-312. https://doi.org/10.1111/j..2002.384.doc.x

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Lancaster, G., Dodd, S., & Williamson, P. R. (2004). Design and analysis of pilot studies: recommendations for good practice. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 10(2), 307-312. https://doi.org/10.1111/j..2002.384.doc.x

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Lancaster G, Dodd S, Williamson PR. Design and analysis of pilot studies: recommendations for good practice. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2004 May;10(2):307-312. https://doi.org/10.1111/j..2002.384.doc.x

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Lancaster, Gillian ; Dodd, Susanna ; Williamson, Paula R. / Design and analysis of pilot studies : recommendations for good practice. In: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2004 ; Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 307-312.

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