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Volume 30, Issue 1 - Social media

Medical Communications and Writing for Patients


Dear All,

As I write this, at least some of us are likely to still be in some form of lockdown or quarantine. I pray that you and your families are all managing to stay as sane as possible, and I sincerely hope that you all stay safe and healthy.

In this first edition of 2021’s Medical Writing, I am delighted to present a piece from Filippo Vitale and colleagues. This is a truly fascinating article that discusses how we have communicated science and scientific facts throughout history and how changes in society have affected how this is done and the outcomes that this has produced.

I found this article extremely thought provoking (and at times a sad reflection of where we have come to as a global society) as the authors document and explain concepts like “clickbait” and “fake news”. Whilst it was truly educational to understand the evolution of these concepts, I totally echo the authors’ call to arms in their plea for us to be more aware of these phenomena and to do our utmost to counter them. As medical writers, we are uniquely placed to do this, and I consider it our duty to do so. What a way to start a new year!

In the meantime, stay safe and sane wherever you are, and see you in the next issue!

Bestest, Lisa

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Social Media
From the Editor - On social media: Once a passive observer – now an active user
President’s Message
But it is work: My perspective on social media
Capitalising on social media marketing to raise confidence in COVID-19 public health information and vaccines
Sleepless in times of COVID-19
Challenges of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic: A survey to inform working practices
Social media video content for the healthcare industry
A wonderful "Medium" for medical writers
Social media scheduling: How not to spam your followers
Social media and the rise of predatory journals: A case report
Social media, communication challenges, and the role of a scientific writer in standing up for science
Social media and altmetrics: The pharma perspective
News from the EMA
Medical Devices
Veterinary Medical Writing
Regulatory Matters
Medical Communications and Writing for Patients
Good Writing Practice
The Crofter: Sustainable Communications
Getting Your Foot in the Door
Out on Our Own


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Editoral Board


Raquel Billiones


Evguenia Alechine

Jonathan Pitt

Managing Editor

Victoria White

Deputy Managing Editor

Alicia Brooks Waltman

Associate Editors

Anuradha Alahari

Jennifer Bell

Nicole Bezuidenhout

Claire Chang

Barbara Grossman

Sarah Milner

John Plant

Sampoorna Rappaz

Amy Whereat

Section Editors

Daniela Kamir


Jennifer Bell


Nicole Bezuidenhout 

Digital Communication

Somsuvro Basu

EMWA News 

Ana Sofia Correia 

Gained in Translation

Ivana Turek

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Wendy Kingdom / Amy Whereat

Good Writing Practice

Alison McIntosh 

In the Bookstores

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström

Lingua Franca and Beyond

Maddy Dyer


Lisa Chamberlain-James

Medical Communications/Writing for Patients

Payal Bhatia

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

News from the EMA

Adriana Rocha


Tiziana von Bruchhausen


Clare ChangZuo Yen Lee 

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

Editors Emeritus

Elise Langdon-Neuner

Phil Leventhal

Layout Designer

Chris Monk