The discussion: using structure and balance

At the end of this module the learner will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of the discussion section
  • Understand the elements of a structured discussion
  • Appreciate the need for a balanced, self critical discussion
  • Discuss the results of “negative studies” and observational studies
  • Explain what was known, and what the study’s results add
  • Use evidence based, effective writing to interpret the results and recommend next steps.

Written by:

Trish Groves

Biography :

Trish Groves is head of research at BMJ and editor-in-chief of BMJ Open.


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
BMJ 4 credits, 4:00 hours BMJ has assigned 4 hours of CPD/CME credit to this module.
BMJ Learning 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning has assigned one hour of credit to this module

Release date

12 Jan 2016

Last updated

12 Jan 2016