Successfully Authoring and Translating Plain Language Summaries

A multidisciplinary communication challenge that bridges life sciences and linguistics


Clinical research is a precise and deliberate area of medicine. Scientists thoughtfully use words to describe scientific concepts and outcomes in exacting ways in their peer-to-peer reporting. Lay person summaries, also known as lay language or lay summaries, require the careful distillation of clinical trial reports into documents that are comprehensible to a broad range of people. These summaries are crucial tools scientists use to communicate simply, accurately, and effectively with audiences that lack a technical background.


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