Q: What is meant by relevance to clinical practice?

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How do I write about the relevance to clinical practice in my manuscript?

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Most research related to clinical practice is expected to show how the study and/or its findings could help improve clinical practice. This will emphasize why your findings are important in a practical context.

For example, a study could be looking at the usefulness of regular exercise in reducing the body mass index (BMI) of type 2 diabetic patients. As a researcher, you may find that this does bring down BMI for these patients. You can therefore conclude that regular exercise should be encouraged in overweight or obese type 2 diabetic patients to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with the disease. Here, the clinical relevance could be as follows:

Better health outcomes overall for this patient group would mean reduced general practitioner (GP) or accident and emergency (A&E) visits and reduced hospital stays. It could also lead to postponing the requirement of these patients going on insulin.

Writing about the relevance or signifiance to clinical practice in the manuscript forms part of the Discussion or Conclusion section.

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