RE: A little respect for "unvalidated"

Subject: RE: A little respect for "unvalidated"
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 12:11:16 -0400

I agree -- it's probably meaningless to most patients, and shouldn't be
used without careful definition.

Among other things, manufacturers validate the written materials that
they produce for patients. If you understand your brochure perfectly,
but your customers don't, then it cannot be validated. ("The unvalidated
brochure used the word 'unvalidated'.")

I suspect that medical devices are like other regulated industries
(e.g., aeronautics) in this regard: Most of what I write is intended for
people who understand the technical terminology.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gene Kim-Eng
> Sent: Friday, September 18, 2009 11:49 AM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: A little respect for "unvalidated"
> If I was using this in something that would be read by
> laypeople, I think I would probably use a parenthetical note
> in the first instance, i.e., "the unvalidated (has not been
> validated) data..." Or define it in a glossary or list of terms.
> I know industry readers would probably roll their eyes, but
> I'd prefer that to having the wrong person (for example, a
> juror in a liability case) confusing "unvalidated" with
> "invalidated."

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