Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Scientific reporting in health science]

BETLEHEM József, BONCZ Imre, OLÁH András

DECEMBER 10, 2010

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2010;23(06)

[Health science professionals are increasingly expected to addressing professional problems to scientifi c standards, and to present the results to the professional community. Specialists with higher-education qualifi cations must not only be capable of reading scientific papers, but must also be capable of carrying out studies of this type themselves, and communicate the results. The purpose of this essay is to describe the historical antecedents to medical and health science papers, the milestones in the evolution of the scientifi c essay, and today’s observable trends in the writing of professional papers. The authors, with a review of specialist literature, summarise the main genre-specifi c features of today’s publications, and also make reference to their suitability for use in health science papers. In addition to written papers they also touch on the fi ner points of lecturing and poster design, with the aim of facilitating the presentation, both at home and abroad, of scientifi cally studied practical healthcare problems.]



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