Organising a manuscript reporting quality improvement or patient safety research

Christine G. Holzmueller, Peter J. Pronovost

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)777-785
Number of pages9
JournalBMJ Quality and Safety
Volume22
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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