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Organising a manuscript reporting quality improvement or patient safety research
  1. Christine G Holzmueller1,2,
  2. Peter J Pronovost1,3,4,5
  1. 1Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  2. 2Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  3. 3Departments of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, and Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  4. 4Department of Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  5. 5Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  1. Correspondence to Christine G Holzmueller, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine, 1909 Thames Street, 2nd floor, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA; cholzmu1{at}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.

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

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