This post is for anyone coming from a medical background who is ready to venture into blog writing. Before taking another step forward,
STOP–you need to learn about the passive voice.
I say “learn” but you are most likely an expert–even if you don’t know it. Here is a test.
Which is the correct way to express the following:
A. Multiple attempts were made to increase the patient’s knee flexion in sitting.
B. I tried a bunch of times to get Mary to bend her knee more while she was sitting.
C. Mary hates her therapy. She says I am a physical terrorist.
If you chose A, then you have been trained well and you are a passive-voice pro. You can whip out an objective and professional chart note at a moment’s notice–but flat is how your next blog post will probably be written (see what I did there?).
I think you are getting the picture already, but to make sure, I am going to give you a quick overview. I will tell you why you need to pull back on your use of the passive voice, and when it is OK and even preferable to use it. [Read more…] about Mistakes Were Made: Passive Voice and the Clinician Writer