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Structured Abstracts 

Manuscript Preparation

Cheryl Iverson

UPDATE: We will discontinue using quotation marks to identify parts of an article, but retain the capitalization; eg, This is discussed in the Methods section (not the “Methods” section). This change was made February 14, 2013. For reports of original data, systematic reviews (including meta-analyses), and clinical reviews, structured abstracts that use predetermined sideheads are recommended. Specific advice taken from JAMA’s Instructions for Authors, adapted from Haynes et al, is given below. Note that Design, Setting, and Patients or Other Participants may be combined depending on the description. If no intervention was performed, that sideheading may be omitted. Many journals

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