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Clinical Trial Summaries: Readability to Effectively Inform Patients
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Clinical Trial Summaries: Readability to Effectively Inform Patients
Submitted on 11 Dec 2018

Autumn Sky Watson
University of the Sciences Biomedical Writing Graduate Program
This poster was presented at DIA Medical and Scientific Affairs Meeting - March 2018 - Palm Springs, CA
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Poster Abstract
Public disclosure of clinical trial summaries by the
research community is steadily increasing in
frequency as transparency policies take effect around
the globe; however, these study reports are still not
often fully understood by patients and the public.
Current efforts to translate clinical trial summaries
from technical to common language are effective
when the target audience is members of the scientific
or medical community.
Communicating the same information to patients still
poses a challenge since governing bodies enacting
transparency policies have not fully explored the
comprehension of clinical trial data by the public.
The average grade level reading ability for general
public in the United States is 8th grade.
Current efforts in the United States to publish clinical
trial summaries for public dissemination includes the
following:
• US National Library of Medicine (clinicaltrials.gov)
is a web-based interface that publishes clinical
studies and their results for everyone from patients
to researchers.
• The Center for Information and Study on Clinical
Research (CISCRP) is a non-profit organization
that focuses on education about clinical trials and
works to improve patient communication.

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