We live in a digital era, where patients are well-informed and empowered with information which is just a click-away. With the advancement of digital communication and shift towards patient-centric care, it becomes important for healthcare professionals to hone their medical writing skills. Adopting better written communication bridges the doctor-patient relationship through knowledge sharing, and facilitating the patients to understand their condition and make informed decisions, regarding their care.
Possessing good writing skills can provide collateral benefits to the healthcare professionals; writing needs the writer to be a good observer, and pay attention to details. Being a good observer can make the healthcare professionals curious, who then ask more questions; these abilities help healthcare professionals to notice minute aspects of their patients and their surroundings, in turn making them more empathetic and enhancing their diagnostic skills.
Therefore, modern healthcare professionals should possess good listening, reading, writing and speaking skills to communicate effectively and steer their professional journey.
Effective writing skill is a prerequisite for a healthcare professional, who is involved in clinical study and lab-research, to convey complex scientific concepts and critical clinical information, efficiently.
The medico-legal system has witnessed that poor prescription and documentation has resulted in harmful consequences in delivering quality healthcare to the patients. Hence, doctors and nurses must pay attention to their writing skill for good clinical practices.
We recommend that healthcare professionals’ academic training must focus on the narrative form of writing, enabling them to articulate scientific concepts and research into layman’s understanding.
Last but not the least, mastering the medical writing skills opens several billion-dollar non-clinical career opportunities in Healthcare Software Companies, Health Start-ups into Digital and Mobile App, Healthcare Analytics, Clinical Research and Pharmacovigilance companies, Healthcare BPOs, Publications, Pharmaceuticals / Biotech companies, Medical Communication Agencies, Medical Payers, Hospitals, Medical Institutions…