Envision’s Plain Language Summaries of Publications Toolkit

Envision Pharma Group have launched a Plain Language Summaries (PLS) of Publications Toolkit, co-created at the ‘Plain Language Summaries of Publications Workshop’ held in London in November 2018, with support from Patient Focused Medicines Development (PFMD). The workshop brought patients, publishers, pharma, and publication professionals together to discuss the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of Plain Language Summaries.

The toolkit is intended to help others confidently and compliantly create Plain Language Summaries of peer-reviewed publications and conference/congress abstracts. It is free to download, use (CC BY 4.0), and customise for your organisation – all that you need to do is to acknowledge Envision Pharma Group.

Credit: Envision Pharma Group

The toolkit includes the following:

  • Template for Plain Language Summaries of publications
  • Quality control checklist for Plain Language Summaries of publications
  • Plain Language Summaries cover sheet to help patient reviewers
  • Plain Language Summaries cover sheet to help sponsor reviewers
  • Plain Language Summaries glossary guide
  • Why should sponsors fund Plain Language Summaries of publications?
  • Metrics for Plain Language Summaries: Quick and easy ways that Datavision can help you
  • Plain Language Summaries evidence bibliography

Evidence-based resources from credible sources should be easy to access and free for the people who need it. It is about time!”

Plain Language Summaries of Publications Workshop attendee

Written by

Simon R. Stones BSc (Hons) MMRS is a multi-award-winning patient advocate, consultant, researcher, and writer from Manchester in the United Kingdom. He is recognised as one of the top 100 most influential people with disabilities in the UK, and was the winner of the international WEGO Health Award for Patient Healthcare Collaborator in 2017. He is a passionate advocate and ambassador for people living with a variety of health conditions, inspired and empowered by his own journey with juvenile arthritis, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory bowel disease since childhood, as well as a carer for his late mum. He is currently an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society and a trustee of RAiISE. He is the former President of the European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA).

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