I’ve been writing about health, medicine and well being in the UK national media for a while and like to mull over what’s new and whether it matters or not .Unlike an article in a medical journal though, I not only speak to the doctors in the know but also the patients who have experienced the symptoms of diseases at first hand. I think you need both perspectives and that these days most patients are pretty well informed about their condition and don’t want to be patronised. The best doctors (and there are lots of these around) don’t wince when you say that you’ve been reading about a new drug or treatment – they’ll welcome your interest in your own health and the fact you’re taking some responsibility for it.
This summer I’m really pleased to have been commended in the Medical Journalists’ Association Summer Awards in the best consumer freelance category.
All views are my own and not those of any publication I write for.