The Discussion Section

  • Robert H. FletcherEmail author
  • Suzanne W. Fletcher


This chapter is about manuscripts describing original clinical research and organized in the traditional (IMRAD) way into Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion sections. It also applies to manuscripts in closely related disciplines such as health services research and epidemiology. The laboratory sciences have their own traditions, and our comments bear less directly on that kind of science. Manuscripts not reporting original research are organized in very different ways.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Population MedicineHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of EpidemiologyUniversity of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public HealthChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.Department of Social MedicineSchool of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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