AMWA Blog

    Sharing Key Information with Consumers through Health Care and Medical Public Relations (PR)

    Health care or medical public relations (PR) is a growing niche for medical communicators that involves translating and sharing complex medical information with a general audience of patients and consumers. 

    Public relations professionals—both freelance and those employed by companies—play important roles by sharing news of medical discoveries, promoting products, and educating consumers.

    June 10, 2024 at 9:00 AM

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    Successful Health and Medicine Communication in Earned, Owned, and Social Media: A Case Study

    This article was written by Bill Ostrem, PhD, and is based on content presented by Abbie Miller, MWC, at the AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference. Additional session reports are available in the AMWA Journal.

    Today's communication and media landscape offers medical writers a multitude of venues or "channels" for their writing. How do you as a medical writer choose an appropriate channel for a given purpose? And how do you tailor your message for that channel?

    March 25, 2024 at 9:00 AM

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    Furthering the Public’s Understanding of Science with Plain Language Summaries

    In recent years, medical communicators have been creating documents called plain language summaries (PLS) to help patients, caregivers, and the general public to better understand the latest scientific findings and clinical trial results. 

    The terms plain language summaries (PLS), plain language summaries (PLS) for clinical trials, plain language summaries for publication (PLSP), and plain language writing can be confusing — and are sometimes used interchangeably. Although each term has a different application, the documents share a single goal: to work toward inclusion and empowerment of nonexpert audiences.

    January 15, 2024 at 9:00 AM

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    An Introduction to Equity Science and Medical Writing

    We do not live in a world where everyone — regardless of race, gender, gender identity, disability status, or income level — has the same access to high-quality health care, adequate housing, or nutrition. As a result, health outcomes are vastly unequal, causing marginalized populations to experience lower life expectancies and higher levels of preventable diseases.

    November 20, 2023 at 9:00 AM

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    Resources for Writing for a Global Audience

    We live in an increasingly globalized world, and the field of medical communication is no exception. In fact, most medical writers and editors are creating materials for a global scientific audience.

    A number of helpful resources, online and in print, exist to help people write clear, translatable prose for global audiences.

    October 17, 2023 at 4:25 PM

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    The Past, Present, and Future of Medical Misinformation

    Fake political news has dominated the headlines over the past few years, but the proliferation of science denial and misinformation about health and medicine has also caused widespread concern. 

    August 21, 2023 at 9:00 AM

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