Structured abstracts: do they improve the quality of information in abstracts?

  title={Structured abstracts: do they improve the quality of information in abstracts?},
  author={Sandeep Sharma and Jayne E Harrison},
  journal={American journal of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics : official publication of the American Association of Orthodontists, its constituent societies, and the American Board of Orthodontics},
  volume={130 4},
INTRODUCTION This retrospective observational study was designed to assess the impact on quality of changing from unstructured to structured abstract format. Six dental journals, 3 that adopted structured abstracts and 3 with unstructured abstracts, were used. METHODS One hundred abstracts from original articles, published between January 1995 and December 1998, were selected from each journal. A 29-question checklist was developed and used to assess the quality of the information in the… CONTINUE READING

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