Writing up your research
It's a skill that most of us will need at some point, and it doesn't have to be painful, say Rebecca D Udani and colleagues. They guide us through the process
“Excellent results, now all you have to do is write it up.” Have you ever heard this and broken out in a cold sweat at the thought of the task ahead? Well, don't panic. This article will provide the framework you need for “writing up” and act as an antidote to the feelings of impending doom.
A research report is the way that information is shared in the medical and scientific community. It is a summary of what you did, how you did it, what you found, and what it meant. Until the work is communicated or made public it's invisible and it's just not science until it can be evaluated and repeated by the rest of the scientific or medical community.
As doctors and scientists we don't want to reinvent the wheel. If we are successful or the results are interesting we want to tell everybody, save lives, and