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Medical Affairs and Scientific Communications Forum

3 Meetings, 1 Location: Medical Communications, Medical Science Liaisons, Medical Writing

Session 3 Track 2: Lay Language Process and Planning

Session Chair(s)

Dan  Benau, PhD

Dan Benau, PhD

  • Director, Biomedical Writing Programs
  • University of the Sciences, United States
Lay language or plain language summaries and documents are increasingly required by regulatory agencies and are also part of good patient engagement practices. The problem is that writing related content for distinctly different audiences requires the writer to walk a line between documenting results in the detail required for regulatory review and also summarizing the same results for a non-technical audience without losing the key ideas in the simplification process. The speakers in this session will be detailing their knowledge and experience in accomplishing both goals through initial preparation and follow-through in the document process.
Learning Objective : At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
  • Analyze the needs of different audiences for information from the same data source
  • Prepare a document plan to anticipate the requirements for documents at different readability levels
  • Follow through with the plan and adjust results presentations as needed to meet goals and deadlines


Dan  Benau, PhD

Plain Language Summaries – Simplification without Dumbification

Dan Benau, PhD

  • Director, Biomedical Writing Programs
  • University of the Sciences, United States
Behtash  Bahador, MS

Plain Language Summaries: Stakeholder Perspectives and Best Practices

Behtash Bahador, MS

  • Associate Director, Relationship Management and Development
  • Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), United States
Lisa  Chamberlain-James, PhD

A Survivor’s Guide to Lay Summaries

Lisa Chamberlain-James, PhD

  • Senior Partner
  • Trilogy Writing & Consulting, United Kingdom