Medical narratives are an important part of the reports prepared for any clinical trial. These are written to provide a brief description of events occurring during the trials. Narratives are often very short (not more than 100-150 words). Narratives can be written as part of the end report on trials or in case of special events where a participant leaves the trial due to severe adverse events.
“For physicians and other healthcare professionals, medical writers are generally involved in writing textbooks, preparing online study material, power point presentations, Continued Medical Education (CME) programs etc. For patients, medical writers are routinely involved in developing education material. This generally falls under medico-marketing writing in pharmaceutical companies” source jli.edu.in
Let us have a look at different types of medical narrative writing:
Medical Narratives Written at the End of Clinical Trials
These types of medical narratives are written onsuccessful completion of theclinical trial as a part of the safety reports. This helps in setting guidelines for clinical trials conducted in future.
Medical Narratives Written during the Ongoing Clinical Trials
A lot of severe and adverse events may occur while the clinical trials are on-going. These types of medical narratives are meant to describe all such events. Adverse and severe events areto be reported through narratives within a deadline and must be completed 3 months prior to the preparation of the final clinical report. All the events that occur after the deadline are reported through narratives and are included as a part of the data analysis.
Medical Narratives Written Post-marketing
The purpose of the narratives written under this category is to take into account the serious and adverse events that were not compiled in the closing results of clinical trials by thesafety officer. There are several events that patients do not report to healthcare professionals and are revealed post-marketing. There are some patients who do not want to reveal any other drug intake during the trials and thus prefer not to report any events during trials.
Medical narratives are significant for trials and include a brief account of all the adverse and severe events related to candidates participating in the trials. The above different types of medical narratives help in ensuring that all such events are reported properly.