Clinical Research Glossary

Using plain language definitions can make research materials easier to read and understand.

In Spring 2020, the MRCT Center launched a small pilot project with patients and participants and other stakeholders across the research industry, to develop plain language definitions of clinical research words.

The resulting Clinical Research Glossary is now available for use!

You can find other potentially helpful glossaries here.

Don’t forget about your verbs!

Phrasal verbs like “turn in your survey” can be confusing.  What it means to “turn in” is often not clear and may be better stated as “submit” or “return”.  Guidance and appropriate substitutions can be found here.