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Postgraduate Education Corner: MEDICAL WRITING TIP OF THE MONTH |

The Proof of the Pudding: How to Report Results and Write a Good Discussion

MaryAnn Foote, PhD
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*From MA Foote Associates, Westlake Village, CA.

Correspondence to: MaryAnn Foote, PhD; e-mail: fmawriter@aol.com


The author has reported to the ACCP that no significant conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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Chest. 2009;135(3):866-868. doi:10.1378/chest.08-2613
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Scientific manuscripts are structured using the introduction, methods and materials, results, and discussion (or IMRaD) format. For certain types of manuscripts, such as randomized, controlled clinical trials, additional guidelines exist.1 Scientific manuscripts also have abstracts and references. During the past 2 years, in this “Medical Writing Tips” series, we have explored the organization of the abstract, introduction, and methods and materials sections of the manuscript.

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