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Creation of a patient-centric patient lay summary in the local language - Volume 26, Issue

Prior to this project, no patient lay summary (PLS) had ever been developed locally in Japan. In order to create a PLS that is more tailored to local patients, we attempted to develop one in and for Japanese. Such PLS was drafted based on the…

Plain language and readability - Volume 24, Issue

Plain language is writing in clear, concise language that is easy to read and understand. Whenever I hear the term plain language I am reminded of a lay summary I was once asked to edit. The stream of technical language (‘self-source bias’, ‘effect m…

Getting what you want from your scientific writing: tips for writing clearly - Volume 21, Issue

Good medical writing is like good writing in any discipline: the writer should explain complex concepts and ideas clearly and accurately and engage the reader. In this article, I provide four suggestions to help clarify writing on complex subjects:…

Making leaflets clearer for patients - Volume 24, Issue

This article examines the clarity of several health information leaflets issued to the public in Europe. It finds that some of the language is quirky, ambiguous, and confusing. In one leaflet, the size of type is too small for easy reading, even by…

Results of the 2012 EMWA salary survey - Volume 22, Issue

EMWA members were surveyed in late 2012 and early 2013 about their current salary levels. A total of 320 individuals responded. Most were women, between 31 and 50 years of age, and native speakers of English or German. About half had 2–10 years of…

A stroll through the medical blogosphere - Volume 24, Issue

Medical blogs are a very popular way of communicating health-related information. They can be written by medical professionals or laypeople, and topics include diseases, procedures, health policies, and personal topics such as everyday experiences.…

Teaching English for Medical Academic Purposes at the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade, Serbia - Volume 22, Issue

The Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade, Serbia, has a long tradition of learning and teaching English for Medical Academic Purposes (EMAP). EMAP is considered extremely important for our medical students' academic and professional life. Our EMAP…

Statistics for medical writers - Volume 25, Issue

Until recently, statistics was a subject that I avoided at all costs. I found it difficult to understand and boring, and for years I swore that I would never learn about or be interested in statistics. (By the way, I also swore that I would never…

The Section of Scientific Publications at the Texas Heart Institute - Volume 24, Issue

The Section of Scientific Publications is a service within the Texas Heart Institute created to help our roughly 200 clinicians and scientists present, publish, and obtain funding for their research. We provide substantive and language editing,…

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