Summarizing clinical trial data for a specialized audience
In the medical writing field, writers will encounter a range of project types and clients. Projects may include providing succinct summaries of specific research or clinical fields. Clients may be individual authors, science communication or medical groups, or pharmaceutical, biotech companies, or insurance companies. When working with clients, medical writers must gain a clear understanding of the overall goal of the project, stakeholders, the product, the audience for the product, and how to make the product fit into previous similar products.
Summarizing Field Literature
For this exercise, you are a medical writer in a company that provides written summaries in the field of cancer research. You are hired by a group that wishes to keep their physicians, lung cancer specialists, apprised of new developments in the lung cancer field through newsletters, pamphlets, or in-person presentations.
Medical writers may often work on projects using data or results that are still confidential. In those cases, clients may ask you to sign an NDA or non-disclosure agreement that allows you to work on sensitive data without compromising confidentiality. In this job simulation, the data you are summarizing has already been published, and is not subject to confidentiality agreements.
Read this Journal of Clinical Oncology paper based on clinical trial data NCT00048997. Prepare an executive summary of the paper aimed at a physician audience in a slide format.
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Skills used in the scientific journal editing field:
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Simulation authors: Linet Mera, PhD
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