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Writing for lay audiences: A challenge for scientists - Volume 24, Issue

Writing for lay audiences, especially lay summaries, is needed to increase health and science literacy, but this kind of writing can be difficult for scientists. The article describes why it can be so difficult and gives some advice on how…

Legislation and the lay audience: Challenges of communicating benefit and risk in the light of new regulations - Volume 24, Issue

There is a paradigm shift in the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies towards transparency and an emphasis on the benefit-risk ratio of medicines. The recent changes in legislation surrounding clinical documentation have produced…

Writing for lay audiences - Volume 24, Issue

For most of us, medical writing is highly technical. We prepare regulatory or clinical documents or write materials targeted to medical doctors. Medical writing for lay audiences is different, and it does not come naturally to most of us because…

Lay writing: Strategies for improving assent forms - Volume 27, Issue

Writing for lay audiences is recognised as a  difficult task for medical writers, whose  specialised knowledge can often hinder  effective lay communication. This task is even  more challenging when preparing clinical trial  information for a…

Medical writing for two audiences – The RMP public summary - Volume 24, Issue

With the introduction of the new EU Legislation in 2012, RMP requirements have changed significantly, triggering content- and process-related changes. An RMP is written as part of a submission dossier and is submitted for assessment to the EMA. The…

Writing lay summaries: What medical writers need to know - Volume 27, Issue

Lay summaries are critical for building publictrust in clinical research and therefore forrecruiting patients. They are also an importantpart of efforts to improve data transparency.Due to new global regulations, lay summarieswill soon probably…

Opportunities in veterinary writing - Volume 23, Issue

Unlike medical writing, ‘veterinary writing’ does not exist as a defined career path. However, writers are inevitably also required in this field and play important roles in different areas of the veterinary profession for creation of scientific…

Regulatory Writing - Volume 22, Issue

This article introduces aspects of the regulatory writing profession in China and Japan. Although regulatory medical writing is at an early stage of development in China, the ever-growing research and development activities in this country have led…

A field guide to medical writing training - Volume 22, Issue

Teaching medical writing is a varied, interesting, and satisfying role. You might find yourself teaching PhD students to write theses, laboratory scientists to write posters, clinicians to write papers, or professional medical writers to improve…

Medical writing in Finland - Volume 22, Issue

Finland has a flourishing pharmaceutical and life science industry and research scene. Medical writing, however, is an unfamiliar term to many Finns and there is no Finnish equivalent for the title ‘medical writer’. Those people who do medical…

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Medical Writing is a quarterly publication that aims to educate and inform medical writers in Europe and beyond. Each issue focuses on a specific theme, and all issues include feature articles and regular columns on topics relevant to the practice of medical writing. We welcome articles providing practical advice to medical writers; guidelines and reviews/summaries/updates of guidelines published elsewhere; original research; opinion pieces; interviews; and review articles.

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