African primary care research : writing a research report

Couper, Ian ; Mash, Bob (2014-06)

CITATION: Couper, I. & Mash, B. 2014. African primary care research: Writing a research report. African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine, 6(1): 1-5, doi: 10.4102/phcfm.v6i1.639.

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Presenting a research report is an important way of demonstrating one’s ability to conduct research and is a requirement of most research-based degrees. Although known by various names across academic institutions, the structure required is mostly very similar, being based on the Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion format of scientific articles. This article offers some guidance on the process of writing, aimed at helping readers to start and to continue their writing; and to assist them in presenting a report that is received positively by their readers, including examiners. It also details the typical components of the research report, providing some guidelines for each, as well as the pitfalls to avoid. This article is part of a series on African Primary Care Research that aims to build capacity for research particularly at a Master’s level.

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