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Discussion Section of Literature Reviews

Implications for Practice and Recommendations

At the end of the discussion section, you should tell the reader(s)

  • the implications of your review regarding nursing practice and
  • make recommendations based on these implications.

You may have also discovered implications and recommendations related to future research.


This section should show the reader(s) how the results of your review and the main points highlighted in your discussion apply to the context outlined in your introduction and background. Based on these implications, you should make recommendations for how the results can be applied or implemented within this context, as well.


Your discussion of these implications and recommendations can be in one sub-section, or you can divide them into two separate sub-sections.