Medical Writing Writing for Patients

Volume 29, Issue 4 - Writing for Patients

December 2020


Editorial - Writing for Patients

Editorials - Passing the Torch: The Sequel/Filling Big Shoes

Foreword: Writing for Patients, Foreword from the EMA

President's Message

President's Message



Feature Articles

Promoting equity in understanding: A cross-organisational plain language glossary for clinical research

Medical abbreviations with multiple meanings: A prescription for disaster

Writing for patients: When and how?

Lay summaries for Phase 1 trials in healthy volunteers

Participant information – an ethics committee view

Establishing a patient publication steering committee: A case study with insights for medical writers

Translation: A transcultural activity

Writing for the internet

Social Media: A tool that can benefit public health?

Partnering with patient associations: Engaging medical writers to support health literacy for patients

Pharmaceutical clinical trials transparency and privacy

Regular Sections

News from the EMA

Medical Devices

Regulatory Matters

In the Bookstores

Good Writing Practice

My First Medical Writing

Getting Your Foot in the Door

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.

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Ad-hoc Editors:

  • Amy Whereat (SpeaktheSpeech Consulting, Asnieres sur Seine, France)

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