Medical Writing Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Improving patient communication by writing with empathy

Volume 21, Issue 4 - Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

Improving patient communication by writing with empathy


Medical writers’ texts are either written for specialists or for non-professionals such as patients and their relatives. Medical writers whose work is intended for patients cannot merely impart facts. They also need to demonstrate that they comprehend the patient's emotions – they must write with empathy. Empathic texts are intelligible, credible, and are written from the patient's perspective. They can help patients realistically appreciate their situation and assess the advantages and disadvantages of different therapy options. In this way, empathic writing can promote health-conscious behaviour and can foster treatment adherence.

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