Regardless of the mode of dissemination, the title of the document will determine who sees and reads the product. A user will not read further if the title does not entice them. Additionally, indexing and abstracting services rely on accurate titles in extracting keywords for cross-referencing online. Researchers should spend considerable time and thought in developing an interesting and accurate title.
A Title Should
- Clearly and precisely reflect the content. It should be simple, specific, and catchy.
- Omit unnecessary words, and keep the title to 10 or fewer words.
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- If only a small number of variables were studied, include them in the title.
- Good: Vacancy Rates by Provider Type among Rural and Urban Hospice Agencies
- May include a subtitle separated by a colon.
- Focus on what was studied, not the findings.
- Avoid: Rural Hospice Agencies have Higher Vacancy Rates across all Provider Types when Compared to Urban Counterparts
A Title Should Not
- Be a complete sentence.
- Include jargon, acronyms, or abbreviations.
- Avoid: FTEs of RNs, LPNs, NPs, CNAs, and MDs in Rural and Urban Hospice Agencies
- Better: Health Provider Staffing Structures in Rural and Urban Hospice Agencies
- Try to be too clever or humorous.
- Name specific instruments, unless the instrument is the area of focus.
- Avoid: Quality of Care in Rural and Urban Hospice Agencies: CAHPS Survey Scores
- Better: Rural Relevance of the Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (CAHPS)
- Be a question: If writing a title as a question, avoid those that can be answered yes or no.
- Avoid: Do Rural Hospice Agencies Struggle More than Urban to Fill Provider Vacancies?
- Good: To What Extent do Rural Hospice Agencies Struggle to Fill Provider Vacancies?
- Better: Rural Hospice Agencies' Barriers to Filling Provider Vacancies