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More informative abstracts revisited.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2190518     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Following proposals in 1987 and 1988, several medical journals have provided more informative abstracts ("structured abstracts") for articles of clinical interest. Structured abstracts for original studies require authors to systematically disclose the objective, basic research design, clinical setting, participants, interventions (if any), main outcome measurements, results, and conclusions; and for literature reviews the objective, data sources, methods of study selection, data extraction and synthesis, and conclusions. More informative abstracts of this kind can facilitate peer review before publication, assist clinical readers to find articles that are both scientifically sound and applicable to their practices, and allow more precise computerized literature searches. We review the feasibility, acceptability, and dissemination of structured abstracts, reassess the underlying strategy, and describe modifications of the approach. This innovation can aid communication from scientists to clinicians, and other clinical journals are invited to join this effort.
R B Haynes; C D Mulrow; E J Huth; D G Altman; M J Gardner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of internal medicine     Volume:  113     ISSN:  0003-4819     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:  1990 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-07-12     Completed Date:  1990-07-12     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372351     Medline TA:  Ann Intern Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  69-76     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario.
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MeSH Terms
Abstracting and Indexing as Topic / methods*,  standards
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Periodicals as Topic
Terminology as Topic

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