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Postgraduate Education Corner: MEDICAL WRITING TIP OF THE MONTH |

Effective Written Communication for Patients With Limited English Proficiency

Takayuki Oshimi, MD
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*From the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, North Ryde, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Correspondence to: Takayuki Oshimi, MD, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, Balaclava Rd, North Ryde, Sydney, NSW 2109 Australia; e-mail: taka_oshimi@mac.com



Chest. 2007;132(5):1688-1690. doi:10.1378/chest.07-1602
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Medical writing as part of medical communications in general involves an extremely wide spectrum of issues, as can be recognized by the variety of topics covered in this educational section of CHEST. Medical writing includes not only communications on scientific topics among medical professionals, but also writing to communicate with patients or their families. Written medical communications can play an especially important role when interacting with patients with limited English proficiency.

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