A textual table or box contains words, phrases, or sentences, often in list form. Boxes are used to emphasize key points, summarize information, and/or reduce the narrative text (Example B1).
Box 1. Modified Stepwise Analgesic Ladder
Step 1. Mild to Moderate Pain
Give patient nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug and=or 5 mg of oxycodone with acetaminophen, 500 mg orally (up to 8 tablets=d)
Step 2. Moderate to Severe Pain
Give patient sustained-release morphine orally. If the patient cannot tolerate morphine or oral and rectal routes are not possible, give transdermal fentanyl patch or oxycodone sustained-release orally
With additional as-needed morphine immediate-release pills or elixir orally or 5 mg of oxycodone with acetaminophen, 500 mg orally (up to 8 tablets=d), for breakthrough pain
Example B1 Box or textual table of sentences and phrases set off from the text to supplement the “Methods” section.