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Practice Essentials

Writing outpatient letters to patients

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 27 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m24

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Writing letters directly to patients puts them at the centre of their care

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ABCs of Writing

There are four kinds of writing: prose, poetry (verse), prose poetry, and aphorisms. Prose is information formatted in sentences and paragraphs. Poetry is imagery formatted in lines and stanzas. Prose poetry is imagery formatted like prose. And aphorisms are concise bits of wisdom formatted in sentences. Good writing is a smooth flow of lucid, logical, linguistic linkages. So writing is a link between think and ink.

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 February 2020
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA