Wednesday, November 1, 2017
How do you thank someone for taking part in a clinical trial? Evidence is mounting that an effective way to thank study volunteers is to provide them with a plain-language summary of the trial results. Plain, or lay-language summaries, distill the findings of the clinical trial into a brief summary that is understandable to the general public. Various studies show that most participants want the results of their trial but they are not consistently receiving them. In addition to the results, plain-language summaries provide participants with a greater general understanding of the trial. Providing these summaries is shown to improve the overall satisfaction with trials and a higher likelihood for future clinical trial participation.