<p> Paragraph

Textual unit or block; a textual paragraph.


This element does not have to be a well-formed paragraph as defined in high school English class, i.e., “a block of text representing a single idea, typographically differentiated from its neighbors”. Rather, the element <p> is a block (as opposed to inline) structural unit which may be only a few words in length.

Base Attributes

Models and Context
May be contained in
Any combination of:
Content Model
<!ELEMENT  p            (#PCDATA %p-elements;)*                      >
Expanded Content Model

(#PCDATA | email | ext-link | uri | inline-supplementary-material | related-article | related-object | answer | answer-set | boxed-text | chem-struct-wrap | code | explanation | fig | graphic | media | preformat | question | question-wrap | question-wrap-group | supplementary-material | table-wrap | disp-formula | disp-formula-group | citation-alternatives | element-citation | mixed-citation | nlm-citation | bold | fixed-case | italic | monospace | overline | roman | sans-serif | sc | strike | underline | ruby | award-id | funding-source | open-access | chem-struct | inline-formula | inline-graphic | inline-media | private-char | def-list | list | mml:math | abbrev | index-term | index-term-range-end | named-content | styled-content | disp-quote | speech | statement | verse-group | fn | target | xref | sub | sup)*

Tagged Samples
Inside body sections
<article dtd-version="1.3">
  <sec sec-type="intro">
   <p>Geriatric day hospitals developed rapidly in the United Kingdom 
    in the 1960s as an important component of care provision. The 
    model has since been widely applied in several Western countries. 
    Day hospitals provide multidisciplinary assessment and rehabilitation 
    in an outpatient setting and have a pivotal position between hospital 
    and home based services. Although there is considerable descriptive 
    literature on day hospital care,<xref ref-type="bibr" rid="B1">1</xref> 
    concern has been expressed that evidence for effectiveness is equivocal 
    and that day hospital care is expensive.<xref ref-type="bibr" rid="B2">2</xref> 
    We therefore undertook a systematic review of the randomised trials 
    of day hospital care.</p>
  <sec sec-type="methods">
   <p>The primary question addressed was ...</p>
    <title>Inclusion criteria</title>
    <p>We set out to identify all ...</p>
    <title>Search strategy</title>
    <p>We searched for ...</p>
Before body sections
 <p content-type="disclaimer"><italic>The information
  and/or opinions expressed in this Guest Editorial are
  those of the author(s). They are neither endorsed nor
  disputed by <roman>Prescribing Physician</roman> or
  the Pharma-Physician Coalition.  Questions about or
  comments on this editorial&rsquo;s content should be
  directed to the corresponding author.</italic></p>
@content-type names semantics/role
 <p content-type="lead-paragraph">In the field of 
  <named-content content-type="sem:AIPTh1.2" rid="kwd1.10">complex 
  systems</named-content> study, new measurement and computational 
  resources have lead to increased interest ...</p>