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BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Sep;22(9):777-85. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2012-001603. Epub 2013 May 14.

Organising a manuscript reporting quality improvement or patient safety research.

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Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA. cholzmu1@jhmi.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Peer-reviewed publication plays important roles in disseminating research findings, developing generalisable knowledge and garnering recognition for authors and institutions. Nonetheless, many bemoan the whole manuscript writing process, intimidated by the arbitrary and somewhat opaque conventions.

METHODS:

This paper offers practical advice about organising and writing a manuscript reporting quality improvement or patient safety research for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

RESULTS:

Each section of the paper discusses a specific manuscript component-from title, abstract and each section of the manuscript body, through to reference list and tables and figures-explaining key principles, offering content organisation tips and providing an example of how this section may read. The paper also offers a checklist of common mistakes to avoid in a manuscript.

KEYWORDS:

Continuing education, continuing professional development; Patient safety; Quality improvement

PMID:
23674694
DOI:
10.1136/bmjqs-2012-001603
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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