Lay Language Summaries


Since 2011, CISCRP and clinical research sponsors have worked together to address a critical unmet need in the research enterprise with the creation of Lay Language or Plain Language Summaries.

Studies consistently show that most clinical trial participants want to know what the research community learned from their participation, yet most never hear from the sponsor or research site staff at all after a clinical trial has concluded.

CISCRP has developed a program to provide study volunteers with the results of their clinical trial by creating and delivering Lay Language Summaries. Working with our editorial panel of medical and health communications experts skilled at writing lay summaries, as well as patient advocates, CISCRP “translates” the technical results of clinical trials into scientifically accurate, non-promotional Lay Language Summaries written at a validated 6th-8th grade reading level.

Prepared in printed, electronic and audio formats to accommodate different learning styles, the Lay Language Summaries are disseminated to volunteers via their investigative site as a way to fulfill researchers’ ethical obligation to return trial results, and demonstrate to volunteers that they are respected as true partners in the clinical research process.

Given the positive experiences most volunteers (84%) have in trials, and the strong response we have seen from our program, we believe that sponsors and researchers can influence more positive trial participation experiences, and build a substantial base of public support for clinical research, by implementing a program for systematically communicating trial results to all volunteers who give the gift of their participation in clinical research.

Communicating Trial Results

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Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection

CISCRP’s Communicating Trial Results Program was acknowledged as Best Practice and received the Health Improvements Institute’s 2013 Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection.

In recognition of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies that are leading the way in returning study results in plain, easy-to-understand language to their clinical trial volunteers, CISCRP ran a Thank You advertisement in the latest USA Today Clinical Trials Supplement.

We're acknowledging these sponsors for the commitment they’ve made to each of their study volunteers around the world, and for the leadership that they’ve shown in engaging their patients as partners in their clinical research programs.

Download the full supplement and view our advertisement on page 5.
  • View a Webinar on Avoiding Pitfalls in Plain Language Summaries of Clinical Trial Results hosted by CISCRP and Synchrogenix.
  • View some of the Trial Results Summaries that CISCRP has prepared.
  • See Key Facts about the need to communicate lay language trial results to research participants and CISCRP’s program.
  • For more information on this important program or to request a custom proposal, please contact us.