Hannah Mace, Principal Medical Writer at Aspire Scientific, reviews the key points she took from the poster sessions at the 2018 European meeting of the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), 23-24 January 2018; London, UK.
Recorded 7 February 2018 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
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The 2018 European Meeting of ISMPP saw members of the society present their own research via poster presentations alongside the main meeting programme.
With a record number of posters presented, members’ research covered a wide range of topics. Highlights included studies on how to get research to readers, patient involvement in publications, the role of professional medical writers, and advancement of the profession.
For each topic, member research highlighted both areas of progress and those in which further work is needed to maintain standards. In many cases, findings showed how relatively simple solutions, which do not require large amounts of time or resources, are currently being missed. These include:
* full adherence to reporting guidelines
* use of lay summaries
* provision of digital supplementary materials
* ensuring that publication conclusions are clear to patients.
Closer attention to these finer details could further refine medical publications and improve the quality of reporting. Alongside these refinements, members also presented research into areas where changes are likely to be larger in scope, such as expanding the definition of open access and realising full patient involvement in clinical research and publications.
While professional medical writers have an important part to play in facilitating and supporting the publication process, the community must do more to publish their own research, promote cross-stakeholder engagement, and engage with one another online.
Poster abstracts will be published in April’s Current Medical Research and Opinion [http://explore.tandfonline.com/content/med/medicine-hub/icmo] and posters will also be available to ISMPP members at the society’s website [http://www.ismpp.org/]. Meeting reports are available on https://thepublicationplan.com
We are building a library of free webcasts, like this one, for the global MedComms Community and others at http://www.networkpharma.tv and we’d welcome your suggestions for new topics and speakers.
Full details of this MedComms Networking event are at http://medcommsnetworking.com/event_070218.html
Hannah’s presentation (PDF format) is at http://medcommsnetworking.com/presentations/mace_070218.pdf
Hannah’s Linkedin page is at https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-mace-a9027631/
More about Aspire Scientific can be found at http://www.aspire-scientific.com
The Publication Plan provides an educational news service for professionals involved in the development of medical publications at https://thepublicationplan.com
Filming and technical direction by Mario Crispino, Freelance Cameraman & Editor
Editorial support by Penny Gray, Freelance Medical Writer
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