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ACRP 2019 OnDemand

136 - Write like an 8th grader! Improving Readability in Clinical Research

Apr 13, 2019 4:30pm ‐ Apr 13, 2019 5:30pm

Credits: None available.

Non Member: $75.00
Members: $15.00


How do you ensure that your clinical research materials are readable for the audiences you want to reach? This session will help you learn how to measure and improve the readability of your clinical research communications to a participant and public-facing audience. We will discuss the importance of readability and explore the pros and cons of tools you can use. Case examples from the Duke Clinical Research Institute including informed consent forms, recruitment materials, and lay summaries will highlight how to use free and existing resources to improve your communication.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand our national readability problem and how it affects the public’s understanding of science and medicine.
  • Diagnose and improve readability in your communications materials, including informed consent language, recruitment materials, and all participant-facing materials.
  • Know about existing resources to help you write in plain language and templated language for various grade levels.


  • Jennifer Cook, MPH, Sr. Medical Writer, Duke Clinical Research Institute

Credits Available

Write like an 8th grader! Improving Readability in Clinical Research Exam

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