Pregnancy risk lay summary

MBRRACE (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK) pregnancy risk lay summary MBRRACE have developed a really nice lay summary outlining the risks of pregnancy, risk factors, the importance of planning and knowing your own body, and factors related to mental health in pregnancy. Worth a read- available here: https://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/downloads/files/mbrrace-uk/reports/MBRRACE-UK%20Maternal%20Report%202018%20-%20Lay%20Summary%20v1.0.pdf

Updates from the EMA on EU portal and database

A recent press release from the EMA has provided updates in relation to the EU Clinical Trial Regulation and development of the EU portal and database, which now look set to go live at some point in 2020: ‘The Board was updated on the quality and status of the ongoing development of the EU clinical trial…

3rd Annual Lay Summary Summit 2018

The 3rd Annual Lay Summary Summit recently took place in Philadelphia, US. The 2-day congress, organised by the CBI, covered topics such as the evolution of lay summaries, new developments in the field, pharmaceutical company perspectives on lay summaries, communicating trial results to patients, challenges and predictors of success in lay summary development, and the role…

Lay summaries: text vs infographics

Really interesting new paper by the Cochran Library comparing the knowledge obtained from lay summary text versus infographics… No difference in knowledge obtained from infographic or plain language summary of a Cochrane systematic review: three randomized controlled trials. J Clin Epidemiol. 2018 May;97:86-94. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to test the usefulness of…

Lay summaries work!

We recently came across this paper describing the benefits of a plain language summary (lay summary) in the effective communication of systematic review findings. Participants found the plain language summary to be more reliable and easier to understand compared to a tradition non-lay summary. A summary to communicate evidence from systematic reviews to the public…

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…