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Transferring regulation into practice: The challenges of the new layperson summary of clinical trial results - Volume 24, Issue

The new European Clinical Trials Regulation, published on 27 May 2014, requires sponsors to provide summary results of clinical trials in a format that is understandable to laypersons. The lay summary is to be made publicly available in the yet to…

Medical writing for two audiences – The RMP public summary - Volume 24, Issue

With the introduction of the new EU Legislation in 2012, RMP requirements have changed significantly, triggering content- and process-related changes. An RMP is written as part of a submission dossier and is submitted for assessment to the EMA. The…

Creation of a patient-centric patient lay summary in the local language - Volume 26, Issue

Prior to this project, no patient lay summary (PLS) had ever been developed locally in Japan. In order to create a PLS that is more tailored to local patients, we attempted to develop one in and for Japanese. Such PLS was drafted based on the…

Writing for lay audiences: A challenge for scientists - Volume 24, Issue

Writing for lay audiences, especially lay summaries, is needed to increase health and science literacy, but this kind of writing can be difficult for scientists. The article describes why it can be so difficult and gives some advice on how…

Legislation and the lay audience: Challenges of communicating benefit and risk in the light of new regulations - Volume 24, Issue

There is a paradigm shift in the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies towards transparency and an emphasis on the benefit-risk ratio of medicines. The recent changes in legislation surrounding clinical documentation have produced…

Layperson summaries of clinical trial results: Useful resources in the vacuum of regulatory guidance - Volume 24, Issue

To meet the requirements of the clinical trial regulation, preparation for the publication of lay summaries on the European database should be undertaken as soon as possible. However, as of July 2015 (at the time of writing this article), no…

Writing for lay audiences - Volume 24, Issue

For most of us, medical writing is highly technical. We prepare regulatory or clinical documents or write materials targeted to medical doctors. Medical writing for lay audiences is different, and it does not come naturally to most of us because…

Medical Communications - Volume 25, Issue

Anyone working in pharmacovigilance (PV) will already have spent many months working their way through the ever changing updates and reforms to the Risk Management Plan (RMP), and the newly legislated RMP summary. Those not working in PV will…

Plain language and readability - Volume 24, Issue

Plain language is writing in clear, concise language that is easy to read and understand. Whenever I hear the term plain language I am reminded of a lay summary I was once asked to edit. The stream of technical language (‘self-source bias’, ‘effect m…

What do writers need to know about user testing? - Volume 24, Issue

Increasing amounts of information are being made available to patients – but how do we know if we are getting it right and meeting people's needs? In this article, we describe how we have employed user testing to test and improve not just…

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