The art of abstract writing for nursing research

Mary W S Mok, Chung Yee Zenobia Chan

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A growing expectation on nurses to utilize research findings for daily practice leads to an increased demand for nurses to sharpen their research skills. Abstract writing is a component of research skills and is one of the important steps. A well-written abstract is vital in communicating the research findings to others, which is a key objective for doing research. This paper explains the importance of the abstract, its structure and anatomy, and ways to contribute to a quality abstract. Requirements of two nursing journals' abstract methods are used to discuss the different structures and approaches to abstract writing. The objective for this chapter is not only to discuss the technical aspect of abstract writing, but also the art of abstract writing. It delivers a clear message to researchers about the importance of developing passionate skills in the art of abstract writing, as well as being knowledgeable regarding the structure and requirements of the abstract.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClinical Research Issues in Nursing
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781616689377
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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