Medical Writing Writing for Lay Audiences Elements of storytelling in medical journalism

Volume 24, Issue 4 - Writing for Lay Audiences

Elements of storytelling in medical journalism


Medical journalists marry the techniques of technical medical writing and storytelling in their work. They need a high-level understanding of the science behind the story, but they must also skilfully employ techniques that draw in readers who may feel the topic is too complex for them. Journalists do this by hooking readers with the stories of the real people affected by the science and painting verbal pictures of hard-to-grasp concepts.

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Writing for lay audiences
President's Message
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
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

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