Intervention Following a Sudden Death: The Social Work--Medical Examiner Model (Practice FORUM)

Intervention Following a Sudden Death: The Social Work–Medical Examiner Model (Practice FORUM)

In recent years, social workers in both academic and clinical settings have focused on improving the quality of end-of-life care by closely examining the psychosocial needs of the dying person and his or her family (Berzoff, 2008; Cagle & Kovacs, 2009; Crunkilton & Rubins, 2009). Social workers are an essential part of interdisciplinary teams that […]

Freelance Forum

Freelance Forum

Q–Is there any benefit to referring to yourself as an “independent medical writer/editor” or “medical writing (or editing or communications) company” rather than “freelance”? A–Interesting question, since I refer to myself and my business all 3 ways, depending on the circumstances. For example, when talking informally with other freelance folks or communicating on the AMWA […]

National Population-Based HIV Surveys--the Method of Choice for Measuring the HIV Epidemic (Samj Forum) (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) (Report)

National Population-Based HIV Surveys–the Method of Choice for Measuring the HIV Epidemic (Samj Forum) (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) (Report)

National population-based surveys that include HIV testing are considered to be the ‘gold standard’ to measure HIV prevalence at a country level, since such surveys include men, non-pregnant women and children, and hence a much wider proportion of the population than do antenatal surveys. (1) Three national HIV household surveys have been conducted in South […]

Q--the Quality of Much of the Health-Related Writing on the Web is Poor. Is There Any Way Freelance Medical Writers can Improve the Situation? (Freelance Forum)

Q–the Quality of Much of the Health-Related Writing on the Web is Poor. Is There Any Way Freelance Medical Writers can Improve the Situation? (Freelance Forum)

A–There is a lot of bad writing out there, especially in the health care field and particularly on the Web. I do believe there are opportunities for freelance medical writers to help correct this problem, but it won’t be easy. Like the first step in a 12-Step program, I believe the greatest barrier to improving […]

How to Ask Effective Questions and Provide Effective Answers in a Public Forum (Practical Matters)

How to Ask Effective Questions and Provide Effective Answers in a Public Forum (Practical Matters)

We all have sat through countless meetings and conferences where audience members asked long and winding questions and presenters gave even longer and more circuitous answers. We also know that bad–or more precisely, badly phrased–questions and answers impede communication and understanding. The successful exchange of information relies on asking clear, pointed, and specific questions and […]

Q--How Do I Convey to Clients That Knowledge of a Given Topic is Useful, But the Ability to Put Thoughts Into Writing is More Important? (Freelance Forum)

Q–How Do I Convey to Clients That Knowledge of a Given Topic is Useful, But the Ability to Put Thoughts Into Writing is More Important? (Freelance Forum)

A–This is one of the biggest conundrums I see consistently with clients as they are contracting freelance work. Almost universally I am asked if I have very specific experience with a drug or topic. Almost universally, they really need a person with a specific writing talent, not expertise in the therapeutic area. First, we need […]