Written Communication in Family Medicine

By the Task Force on Professional Communication Skills of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

  • Robert B. Taylor
  • Katharine A. Munning

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Writing Skills

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John J. Frey
      Pages 3-15
  3. Writing for Publication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Joseph E. Scherger, Robert B. Taylor
      Pages 33-41
    3. Pamela LaVigne
      Pages 43-63
  4. Administrative Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
  5. Educational Communication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Carole J. Bland, Maureen M. Moo-Dodge
      Pages 125-143
    3. Katharine A. Munning
      Pages 145-157
    4. Don W. Bradley, Bruce F. Currie
      Pages 159-172
  6. Common Interest Areas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Joan S. Carmichael, Lynn P. Carmichael
      Pages 175-181
    3. Jane Barclay Mandel
      Pages 183-194
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 205-256

About this book


This work presents the knowledge and skills necessary for successful written communication in family medicine. It is intended for use by teachers of family medicine who, as part of their academic responsibilities, are called upon to produce written documents in a wide variety of areas. The book has also been written to serve as a resource for leaders presenting faculty development activities in various aspects of written communication, including writing for publication, administrative and educational communication, and other topics of interest to academicians. The Task Force on Professional Communication Skills was formed in 1981 as an initiative of the Board of Directors and the Communications Committee of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). In early meetings, the Task Force defined its goal as improvement of the communication skills-both written and oral-of STFM members. A survey of Task Force members revealed that the greatest challenges lay in the area of written communication skills, although the needs are not confined to medical article and book writing, but extend to the full range of academic communication. The Task Force set as its first task the creation of a monograph on written communication in family medicine.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert B. Taylor
    • 1
  • Katharine A. Munning
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family PracticeThe Oregon Health Sciences University School of MedicinePortlandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Community and Family MedicineDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-90979-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-5248-1
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