Write Like an 8th Grader: Improving Readability in Clinical Research
How do you ensure that your clinical research materials are readable for the audiences you want to reach?
This presentation 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. Four speakers will address readability for the pediatric and adult populations:
- Jenny Cook, DCRI communications on the importance of readability and overall tools you can use to improve readability
- Vincent Miller, DCRI Informatics on improving readability in consent forms for older populations with chronic disease
- Renee Leverty, DCRI Outcomes on working with a patient powered research network involving patients parents, advocacy organization and health literacy experts to create and implement a health literacy policy for pediatric arthritis research
- Cheryl Alderman, DCRI Pediatric Trials Research Network, on improving readability in the informed consent process for a large national network