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How CDC is promoting a clear communication culture - Volume 24, Issue

Both the federal Plain Writing Act and the mission of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect and promote people's health require CDC to communicate clearly so that people can understand and act on the important health…

Addressing vaccine hesitancy in writing: How has COVID-19 changed hesitancy communication, and what works? - Volume 30, Issue

To address vaccine hesitancy in writing, it is important to put yourself in your reader’s shoes, demonstrate an understanding of the hesitancy, and form an effective response using evidence-based writing techniques, clear communication, courtesy,…

Origin and development of English for Medical Purposes. Part II: Research on spoken medical English - Volume 23, Issue

In the second part of the review on ‘English for Medical Purposes’, I present the main results of the research conducted on spoken interaction in medical settings. I start with those EMP studies that have a clear pedagogical goal, followed by EMP…

Medical Communication - Volume 22, Issue

Introducing the Medical Communication section: The wild side of medical writing! Hello and welcome to a brand spanking new section of Medical Writing. When the Editor of Medical Writing, Phil Leventhal, approached me to create a new section,…

Medical Communications - Volume 24, Issue

Dear all, A very warm welcome to the first issue of Medical Writing in 2015! This whole issue is dedicated to a subject very close to my heart (as I'm sure you're all well aware of by now) – plain language. Naturally, everyone benefits from text…

Medical Communications - Volume 25, Issue

Most medical writers cut their teeth on manuscripts, and these documents are often mistakenly believed to be ‘easy’ to write. However, the truth is that with all documents, they are easy to write badly but require skill and knowledge to write well.…

Medical Communications - Volume 24, Issue

Dear all, However experienced you are, and whatever ‘level’ medical writer you may be, we all share the same pain… document review processes. Every medical writer has at least one horror story related to review cycles going awry, and the mere…

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…

What's your problem? A practical approach to scientific document design - Volume 21, Issue

For science to be understood, assimilated, and further developed, it must be accessible through clear and concise writing. Science is about solving problems that often interlink with each other. To improve the clarity of scientific writing, every…

The medical writers role in health technology assessment submissions - Volume 30, Issue

Writing health technology assessment (HTA) submissions is a challenging and rewarding area of medical writing, being part of the process of giving patients access to new medicines. Submission requirements differ between countries but all require…

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