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The Patient Information Leaflet

Level:
Foundation
Area:
Drug Development
Code:
DDF4
Duration:
03:00:00
Workshop profile:
This workshop is aimed at all medical writers, including native English speakers, who would like to develop their skills and awareness when writing information for patients.
Objective:
The vocabulary and style that medical writers normally use for communicating with a scientifically educated audience are not always appropriate for communicating with the public. The purpose of this workshop is to guide medical writers to view their use of language from a patient’s perspective. Clinical trial Patient Information Leaflets (informed consent documents) will be used to structure the workshop, however, the principles apply to most written communications with the public. On completion of the workshop package, participants should be able to write a patient information leaflet suitable for use in a clinical trial.
Content:
The workshop will start with some information about the content of Patient Information Leaflets, including regulations and other important sources of elements of informed consent. The workshop will continue with some guidance on style and communicating with patients. Particular emphasis will be placed on identifying and avoiding jargon. Workshop exercises will be used to practice modifying typical source information into wording suitable for inclusion in a Patient Information Leaflet. There will be some discussion about obtaining informed consent in special cases, and common questions that arise.