Evidence SummariesDiabetes

While a medical writer can extract the key points from a journal article, it takes a subject matter expert with clinical experience to interpret information about a topic and put it into context. The exception would be what we call “Perspective”  summaries, summaries of evidence that are expressing a point of view. An example might be summaries for policy makers that are meant to drive home a certain viewpoint.

Clinical Summaries

Summaries such as these, as the ones used here (link to aspirin project website), were created  by medical school faculty and a PhD with a background in statistics.  RxBalance  role in these summaries was to facilitate the process, by creating templates, reviewing content and editing the work done by faculty. Our role was to ensure that the summaries were clearly written, covered essential points and were understandable to a community-based provider. However authorship of the content was conducted by medical experts, not RxBalance medical writers.

Perspective  Summaries

This type of summary is relevant for policy issues.  For example, RxBalance was asked to summarize clinical articles on use of psychiatric medicines in childre in adolescent, with an emphasis on foster care youth. In this case, the purpose of our summaries was to advocate for chmore prudent use of psych meds in the pediatric population. We selected  scientific articles by reputable subject matter experts. Key points were extracted  that supported a particular point of view – that many people feel children in foster care are overmedicated.