Case study 1

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD)

The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) required assistance with medical writing and editing for the GOLD 2017 report.  I have assisted the GOLD program director for the past two years with editing multiple documents including the major revision of the GOLD 2017 Global Strategy for Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of COPD.  In addition to editing, I have managed the large number of references and assisted with document version control and coordinating feedback from the GOLD Science Committee.  I have also edited many other documents for GOLD including the GOLD 2017 Pocket Guide and the GOLD 2017 Executive Summary (published in three journals). I also prepared the GOLD Teaching Slide Set.

It has been a pleasure to be involved with such a worthwhile organisation and to help make a genuine difference to thousands of people around the world living with COPD.  Preparing open access documents that are vital for the continuing medical education of health care professionals is immensely rewarding.

Case study 2

PainPod TENS machine background research

PainPod needed extensive research of the medical literature to showcase the evidence base for their  transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machines.  I identified over 1,000 medical peer-reviewed manuscripts on the use of TENS for pain relief in a clinical setting.  I then condensed this information into a comprehensive, fully referenced report with over 100 evidence-based marketing claims highlighted through out the document. PainPod were so happy with my report they commissioned me to produce a second report for them on the topic of InfraRed Sauna.

Case study 3

First National Forum on Secondary Fracture Prevention

The Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS) were holding a one day meeting with over 30 key institutions represented. The purpose of the day was: “To forge an alliance of all key stakeholders, which then translates the clear evidence for the effectiveness of appropriate interventions in reducing the risk of re-fracture into tangible health benefits for Australians. ” The organiser of the meeting, former director of ANZBMS Professor Markus Seibel requested my help.  I attended this one day meeting, performed record-keeping duties and then prepared a comprehensive report. You can read the resulting report here.

All too often important discussions and decisions made in these meetings are not properly recorded and reported.  Gathering key people in a room for a day is expensive. Having a medical writer attend your meeting can make a real difference to the outcomes achieved following the meeting. I have covered advisory board meetings,  conferences, one-day meetings and many other medical meetings. Please contact me now at info@mediwrite.com.au or phone me on (+61) 415 569926 to let me know your requirements.

Freelance medical writer

R U T H HA D F I E L D , PH D