Medical Writing Writing for Lay Audiences

Volume 24, Issue 4 - Writing for Lay Audiences

December 2015

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Writing for lay audiences

President's Message

President's Message

Feature Articles

Writing for lay audiences: A challenge for scientists

Patient education accessibility

Legislation and the lay audience: Challenges of communicating benefit and risk in the light of new regulations

Medical writing for two audiences – The RMP public summary

Layperson summaries of clinical trial results: Useful resources in the vacuum of regulatory guidance

Package leaflets for medication in the EU: The possibility of integrating patients’ perspectives in a regulated genre?

What do writers need to know about user testing?

Medical journalism: Another way to write about science

Elements of storytelling in medical journalism

A stroll through the medical blogosphere

Writing narrative style literature reviews

Regular Sections

News from the EMA

Profile: An interview with Laura Carolina Collada Ali: On the peculiarities of working for independent research organisations

The Webscout

In the Bookstores

Regulatory Writing

Lingua Franca and Beyond

Gained in Translation

English Grammar and Style

Out On Our Own

Out On Our Own



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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.

Medical Writing is listed in the following indexes:

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