AMWA Blog

    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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    Using PEMAT to Create Effective Patient Education Materials

    If patients and consumers don’t understand patient education materials — or don't know what action to take after reading or viewing them — those materials aren’t doing their job.

    The result could be confusion, disengagement, or poor health outcomes. 

    But how do we know whether health education materials are effective? One important health literacy tool that is used to assess patient education materials is the Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT).

    March 6, 2023 at 9:00 AM

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    Telling It Like It Is: Informed Consent in Health Care

    By Charlotte Crowder, MPH, ELS, Freelance Medical Writer and Editor

    Use these tips to help medical writers create plain language, ethically sound informed consent documents with easy-to-read formats for participants in investigative clinical trials.

    September 26, 2022 at 9:00 AM

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    Helping Patients Make Informed Choices by Writing Decision Aids

    This blog is based on content presented by Kathi Whitman, MA, Senior Medical Writer/Project Manager, Intermountain Healthcare, at the AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference and published in AMWA Journal v 31 n 4. 

    Making medical decisions can be challenging and frustrating. So many options and possible treatments exist, and doctors aren’t supposed to tell patients what to do.

    One of the more direct applications of medical writing skills is helping patients to make informed choices about their health care. 

    March 7, 2022 at 8:00 AM

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    3 Tips for Success in Medical Journalism

    As a medical writer, chances are high that you’ve crafted a document or two without your byline attached. After all, much of the content medical writers create doesn’t require authorship. If you’re interested in advancing your career and seeing your name in print, consider medical journalism. Nurturing relationships with publications that focus on health and well-being for a public audience is also a smart move for freelance medical writers. Having bylined publications can fortify your position as an expert in medical communication.

    June 7, 2021 at 9:00 AM

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    5 Tips for Equity and Inclusion in Medical Writing and Editing

    Talking so everyone can hear

    We have heard the words “equity” and “inclusion” many times in recent months. But we may not all have connected them with our work as writers and editors in health, medicine, and science. How can medical communicators help create a more equitable, inclusive world?

    As writers and editors, we can play a role in giving all people the opportunity to understand and use health information so that they can participate in clinical trials, understand their health care providers’ instructions, and take other actions that help reduce and eradicate social, economic, and health disparities.

    April 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM

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