How to write an abstract. Fiona Moss and Duncan Neuhauser. Paris April 2014. Background:1. There is a lot of good QI work “out there” It might help if shared/communicated Writing is way of communication Publication would help others
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How to write an abstract.
Fiona Moss and Duncan Neuhauser
Paris April 2014
“[Language] becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.
Topic sentence: what’s the idea you want to talk about?
Elaborate on that idea
Final sentence: round off the point you are making….
…and, ideally, form a link to the next idea
Data obtained from the audits were analysed. Significant problems in preoperative and postoperative care were identified. Review of preadmission processes identified significant delays in transfer of patients from the emergency department to the two wards with alternating admissions. Delay in physician input was identified and the high level of mortality was unacceptable. There was a need within the hospital for a more proactive culture in the management of this situation.
Our audit showed problems in preoperative and postoperative care with an unacceptably high mortality rate. Patients were slow to be admitted from the emergency department and physicians did not assess them promptly. We urgently need to find better ways of looking after this vulnerable group of patients.
Publishing QI work
Planning study of intervention
Methods of evaluation
Nature of setting and improvement intervention
Changes in processes of care and patient outcomes
Relation to other evidence