Cochrane’s Plain Language Summary Project: what have we learnt so far?

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 15:45pm-16:45pm

Making Cochrane evidence accessible and usable is a key aim of delivering Cochrane’s organisational mission, so communicating Cochrane evidence in plain language is becoming ever more important. Plain Language Summaries (PLSs) of Cochrane Reviews are included in every Cochrane Review, and form the basis of dissemination products, such as press releases and infographics.

The Plain Language Summary Project started in May 2020 to see whether a team of professional writers could improve the quality, consistency and translatability of Cochrane PLSs. This presentation outlines: 

  • how we set about it;
  • our experiences of writing PLSs and the challenges we faced;
  • how we evaluated the project, the conclusions we reached; and
  • the guidance we have produced thus far.

There will be an opportunity to put our guidance into practice, and to ask the Project team questions.

More information coming soon.