Medical Writing Health Economics and Market Access Manuscript Writing

Volume 22, Issue 3 - Health Economics and Market Access

Manuscript Writing


Getting started writing a manuscript – or any other document for that matter – can be difficult. Manuscripts are large projects, sometimes taking hundreds of hours and many months to complete. Faced with a blank page or screen, one might be tempted to simply start typing, attacking the project by the path of least resistance, but working in this way can lead to a poorly defined text that may even stray into tangential or irrelevant areas. Having a clear, organised plan of attack can save a manuscript writer a lot of time and avoid many headaches.

In this article, I explain how to start writing and organise the early stages of a manuscript in the best manner.


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  2. Taylor RB. The joys of outlining. Med Writing 2012;21(3):205–8.
  3. Leventhal PS. Guidelines for manuscript writing: here to help. Med Writing 2012;21(2):164–6.
  4. Leventhal PS. What are the most common reasons for a manuscript to be rejected (and how can they be avoided)? Med Writing 2012;21(1):66–9.



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Thirty-seventh EMWA Conference, 7–9 November 2013, Barcelona, Spain
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Health economists and medical writers: Collaboration or collision?
Early benefit assessment of new drugs in Germany: Framework for submission of dossiers by pharmaceutical companies
NICE guidance on health technologies and the role of editors
European network for health technology assessment – EUnetHTA
Guest Editorial: Medical writing and health economics/market access: A health economist's view
Results of the 2012 EMWA salary survey
Successful document collaboration in a virtual team
Profile: An interview with Blanca Mayor Serrano on the state-of-the-art of health literacy in Spain
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