Medical Writing: An Introduction

Medical writing involves communicating complex data and ideas in a clear, concise, credible, complete, and compelling manner.  This is a wide-ranging field and acknowledged by different terms; from medical writing, medical communication, scientific writing, and regulatory writing to name a few.

Medical writing involves writing scientific documents of different types which include regulatory, research-related documents, disease or drug-related educational and promotional literature, publication articles like journal manuscripts and abstracts, content for healthcare websites, and health-related magazines or news articles. The scientific information in these documents needs to be presented to suit the level of understanding of the target audience, namely, patients or general public, physicians or the regulators.  Other forms of medical writing include journalism and marketing, both of which can have a medical writing focus.

Different Types of Medical Writings:



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