Medical Writing Writing for Patients

Volume 29, Issue 4 - Writing for Patients

December 2020

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Writing for Patients

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.

Medical Writing is listed in the following indexes:

Editoral Board


Raquel Billiones


Evguenia Alechine

Jonathan Pitt

Managing Editor

Victoria White

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