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How to write an Interpretation
  1. Thomas Waterfield1,
  2. Sam Behjati2
  1. 1 Centre for Experimental Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Belfast, UK
  2. 2 Paediatric Oncology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Thomas Waterfield, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast BT12 6BA, UK; thomas.waterfield{at}


Every day we interpret examination findings and clinical tests with the aim of coming to a diagnosis. But how well do we interpret these tests? Whether it is a traditional examination technique used by doctors for centuries or a new cutting edge biomarker, the diagnostic landscape shifts over time. The aim of interpretations is to produce a library of evidence-based resources directing the use of clinical tests including examination techniques. In this article we discuss how best to tackle writing an interpretation. Interpretations are succinct evidence-based summaries that draw together research findings to provide practical answers for clinicians.

  • interpretations
  • writing
  • general paediatrics

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