Medical Writing Freelancing Veterinary Medical Writing

Volume 32, Issue 2 - Freelancing

Veterinary Medical Writing



Human medicine has recently seen a move away from the paternalistic patient-physician paradigm course to a collaborative one, where “shared decision-making” is a core principle. No longer a passive bystander, where their case management is dictated to them, patients are now encouraged to be proactive in their own clinical course, with the aim of improving patient outcomes. But does this approach work for veterinary patients? Clearly, not the veterinary patient themselves, but can vets use a shared decision-making approach with animal owners and hope for the same clinical benefits? Here, Henry Smith, the co-chair of the EMWA’s Veterinary Special Interest Group (VetSIG), recounts a recent VetSIG meeting where these very questions were posed. Two veterinary academics, Dr Catarina Svensson and Dr Louise Corah, were invited to speak and drew on their own reseach in this field to help provide some answers. Meanwhile, in this edition of “From the Horse’s Mouth”, we report on some bad news for animal welfare but some good news for sustainability in veterinary practice.

Contributors: Henry Smith (author), Louisa Marcombes (section editor)

A health decision shared can be a health problem solved: Time for veterinary medicine to embrace shared decision making?

Medical Writing. 2023;32(2):96-100.

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Digital Communication

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EMWA News 

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Gained in Translation

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Getting Your Foot in the Door

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Good Writing Practice

Alison McIntosh 

In the Bookstores

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström

Lingua Franca and Beyond

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Medical Communications/Writing for Patients

Payal Bhatia

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

News from the EMA

Adriana Rocha


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Regulatory Matters

Sam Hamilton

Regulatory Public Disclosure

Claire Gudex

Teaching Medical Writing

Louisa Ludwig-Begall / Sarah Kabani

The Crofter: Sustainable Communications

Louisa Marcombes

Veterinary Writing

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