Writing, Speaking, and Communication Skills for Health Professionals

The Health Care Communication Group

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Strong communication skills are required of today’s health care practitioners. Medical writers, medical students, residents and postdoctoral associates, physicians, biomedical researchers, nurses, pharmacists, and others in the allied health professions must develop and continue to improve their communication skills if they aspire to excellence in the medical and biological sciences. This book—a guide that belongs in the personal library of every health care professional—brims with practical advice on a broad range of essential medical communication skills.

The volume opens with an examination of how to organize the complex technical data encountered in clinics and the scientific literature. Next the book discusses the publication and presentation tasks that health care practitioners face, in particular the journal article, the grant, the conference poster, and the curriculum vitae. The third section of the volume explores teaching medicine and the problem-based record, and the final section deals with timely topics in the business of health care, including customer service, practice-building in competitive markets, meetings skills, and business writing. Easy-to-read and wide ranging, this book is the ideal communication primer for everyone in the health care field.

The authors are all experts in the field of health communications. Among their areas of expertise are public relations, medical editing and writing, teaching advanced writing and speaking skills, multicultural communication, collaborative adult learning, grant writing, management, and medical statistics.

“Rich with examples, this book is timely and up-to-date. The authors bring great experience, talent, and creativity to their material.”—Steven Schwaitzberg, New England Medical Center, Tufts University

“A carefully written, well-organized manual of advice for all medical communicators. This collection of essays written by the 10 members of The Health Care Communication Group is really about developing verbal consciousness of life in health care: how to listen attentively, speak coherently, write effectively, and read critically. It is a remarkable book filled with practical solutions to real-life problems faced by physicians, editors, writers, readers, teachers, nurses, managers, patients, and scientists. . . . Will be useful for anyone involved in communication in health care.”—Stan Goldman, AMWA Journal

“This book serves as an excellent resource on all forms of communication encountered by health care professionals, and would be suitable for a research sequence in any scientific discipline. . . . This book takes a pragmatic approach to communication. It is loaded with ‘how-tos’ and useful tips and suggestions. This book should be part of every health care professional’s reference collection.”—Beverly J. Schmoll, Physical Therapy

“What a precious addition to my bookshelf! Both tyro and pro will find tips and tricks here for the very things that no one formally teaches. I only wish a book like this had been around when I was beginning in medicine. I’d like to put a copy in the hands of all my students and housestaff.”—Abraham Verghese, M.D., author of My Own Country and The Tennis Partner

Recognized by the New England Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association with a 2002 Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication

Winner of 2002 Allied Health Medical Book Award from the American Medical Writers Association
ISBN: 9780300088625
Publication Date: August 11, 2001
352 pages, 5 x 7 3/4
15 b/w illus.
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