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Medical Writing

A Guide for Writing Consultants

Kelli Glasgow

on 20 November 2012

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A Guide for Writing Consultants Medical Writing Writing in Nursing What is medical writing? Be precise Systematic Reviews The purpose of a systematic review is to sum up the best available research on a specific question. This is done by synthesizing the results of several studies.

A systematic review uses transparent procedures to find, evaluate and synthesize the results of relevant research. Procedures are explicitly defined in advance, in order to ensure that the exercise is transparent and can be replicated. This practice is also designed to minimize bias. Collaborative Papers Formal Papers & Term Papers NU 200
NU 302
NU 406
NU 601 Basics APA style

typically 5-6 pages

should be based on both
qualitative and quantitative studies

must be objective

purpose--informative Examples Systematic Review Medical writing is an interdisciplinary field that applies knowledge of both rhetoric and science to enhance reader understanding of medical phenomena. (Purdue OWL) Be objective Remember your audience “Did dressing change.”


“Performed dressing change, cleaned wound with NS and gauze, applied calcium alginate, covered with ABD, secured with silk tape. Patient tolerated well.” Example: “Patient acting crazy.”

This statement relies on the nurse’s subjective opinion of the patient’s mental state. A better version would be:

“Patient pacing back and forth, breathing fast, clenching fists, yelling ‘Don’t touch me!’ repeatedly.” In school and in the professional world nurses are writing for a specific audience, one that is familiar with the subject matter and one that has high expectations. Purdue OWL CampbellCollaboration.org NU 406 Students should only use qualitative or quantitative studies as sources.
--Marilyn Lee Each systematic review should have a "Findings Chart" in which the students provide a summary of each source's author(s), objectives, methods, results, etc. Each systematic review must also include recommendations at the end. This is similar to the argument that other disciplines include in their theses. As writing consultants, we need to be looking for issues such as multiple voices and the flow of the paper in addition to the normal global and local concerns. These are assigned in several nursing courses at UNA. Encourage students to write together whenever possible, especially when writing the introduction, the conclusion, and the transitions of their papers. These papers will be similar to the systematic reviews but may also include other elements, such as a literature review. They also tend to look like more traditional essays with fewer charts and tables. NU 302 https://ezproxy.una.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=cookie,ip&db=rzh&AN=2010004055&site=eds-live Term Paper http://owl.english.purdue.edu/media/pdf/20100217020347_922.pdf These are the most common courses that we will see formal papers from in the CWE.
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