SSCP understandable to laymen
We at KHN think that the only entity who can say the information in the SSCP is understandable to laymen are the laymen themselves such as our Cab driver Joe. It is therefore evident that a user test with actual lay people is critical in order to guarantee a properly readable SSCP document, which meets the goal of providing adequate access to information.
"Do you know what anticonceptives are?"
Answer by female patient, 12 years of age:
” Yes, those are the meds you take when you are pregnant”
2023, Study girls diagnosed with epilepsy
Readability of the patient-specific SSCP (Summary of Safety and Clinical Performance)
The objective of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) on SSCP’s is to enhance transparency and provide adequate access to information. The SSCP is intended to provide public access to an updated summary of clinical data and other information about the safety and clinical performance of the medical device.
The SSCP will therefore be an important source of information for intended users- both patients and healthcare professionals.
The accessibility of the information of the SSCP can be valided by RA professionals, expert patientgroups or notified body.
Key principles in ‘Summaries of Clinical Trial Results for Laypersons’ :
– short, succinct sentences conveying factual and objective information; the data should not be skewed or include promotional language
– simple language, avoiding acronyms, medical/technical terms and multisyllabic words
– visuals and illustrations to convey information where appropriate
– numerical data presented in a way that is understandable to the target audience
– eye-friendly formatting, including minimum size 12 font and plenty of white space
Comprehension include understanding of key messages and information points in the SSCP.
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The Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devices requires that the manufacturer shall draw up a summary of safety and clinical performance (SSCP) for implantable devices and for class III devices, other than custom-made or investigational devices. The SSCP shall be validated by a notified body (NB) and made available to the public via the European database on medical devices (Eudamed)1 .
The SSCP is intended to provide public access to an updated summary of clinical data and other information about the safety and clinical performance of the medical device. The SSCP will be an important source of information for intended users – both healthcare professionals and if relevant for patients. It is one of several means intended to fulfil the objectives of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) to enhance transparency and provide adequate access to information.
“(43) Transparency and adequate access to information, appropriately presented for the intended user, are essential in the public interest, to protect public health, to empower patients and healthcare professionals and to enable them to make informed decisions, to provide a sound basis for regulatory decision-making and to build confidence in the regulatory system.’’