Clinical trial lay summaries: Text or infographic – which is best?

Interesting study looking at the value of infographics versus text in relation to participant understanding of the research process: Effects of a methodological infographic on research participants’ knowledge, transparency, and trust. Kiernan, Michaela, Oppezzo, Marily A., Resnicow, Kenneth, Alexander, Gwen L. Health Psychology, Vol 37(8), Aug 2018, 782-786 Objective: Given participants’ research literacy is essential…

Clinical trials: A lay explanation

Before a doctor can prescribe a medicine to a patient there is a long process of research and development that must first be carried out. Here we describe the different stages of research involved in the development of a drug in language understandable to a lay audience. Pre-clinical research The early stages of drug development…

EU regulation 536/2014 implementation postponed to 2019

As part of the new EU regulation 536/2014, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has been tasked with creating an EU Portal and Database. The EU Portal will be a single entry point for submission of data and information relating to clinical trials required by the Regulation, including Lay Summaries of clinical trials. This EU Database…

New journal uses illustrations to communicate science

Lay summaries are not the only way to make science more accessible… A new journal called the Journal of Sketching Science (JSS) plans to communicate scientific findings using illustrations. The journal founders have previously run a successful blog using the same concept, which has attracted many followers on different social media platforms. The journal is designed to…

Patient lay summary: an experience from Japan

Employees of Pfizer Japan recently published their experiences of developing the first Japanese patient lay summary. The article can be downloaded from the EMWA journal website here. The authors considered the following elements to be important during the development of their lay summary: Font and colour of text Line spacing Colour scheme Page layout Ease…