Our books

We focus on health literacy and its impact on patient understanding. To support our work in this area, we have developed a series of patient books and e-books.

Cover of Plain English Plain English

Approximately 1 in 7 people suffer from migraine. Providing information on things like why and how migraine develops, the signs, symptoms and stages of a migraine attack, the tests that you may be asked to have, the treatments you may be given and some advice on how to manage migraine when they occur, this guide aims to make you feel easier about living with and managing migraine.

Clinical Plain English

Being asked if you would like to participate in a clinical trial or deciding to volunteer as a healthy participant can be a daunting prospect. Our guide starts with the basics, explaining how clinical trials work and why they are important. It also answers any questions you may have about the process and explains what you could expect if you decide to join one.

Coeliac Plain English

Affecting between one in 100 and one in 300 people worldwide, coeliac disease (CD) is rapidly becoming a major healthcare issue. A life-long condition affecting your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food, this poorly understood condition can have a major impact on lifestyle. Our e-book aims to answer any questions that patients or their families may have about CD, including the real risks of cross-contamination, the difference between wheat-free and gluten-free and how to manage CD on a daily basis.

High Blood Plain English

High blood pressure affects more than a fifth of adults across the world. Developed as a guide for anyone who thinks they may have high blood pressure or for those who have recently been diagnosed with hypertension, our e-book provides information on how and why hypertension develops, advice on monitoring your blood pressure, the treatments you may be given and possible lifestyle changes that you can make. Plain English

Based on the writer’s personal experience of living with chronic pain, this guide aims to help people understand what pain is and how to manage it on a daily basis.
Providing information on topics such as why and how pain develops, what you should tell your doctor, the treatments you may be given and how to manage your pain on a day-to-day basis, this book is also a useful guide for anyone close to someone living with pain.

Rheumatoid Arthritis ... in Plain English

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition causing pain, swelling and stiffness to millions of people every day, worldwide. With no cure, RA can have a major impact on mobility if not treated early. Written as a guide for people recently diagnosed with RA or for friends and family of people with the condition, our book provides information on why and how RA develops.

Osteoporosis ... in Plain English

Osteoporosis is a condition which causes bones to lose their strength and become more likely to break. Literally meaning ‘porous bones’, osteoporosis develops slowly over time. Although broken bones can be very painful, the condition itself does not normally cause any pain. Unfortunately, there are also no obvious signs or symptoms, so you may not be aware you have osteoporosis until later in life when you have an accident and break a bone.

Patient Engagement for the Life Sciences

Patient Engagement for the Life Sciences is a practical handbook for anyone striving to incorporate patient value in the delivery of medicines from Research and Development into a practical healthcare setting. This book provides a tangible framework of how this can be achieved with and for patients. The rationale for this change with its environmental accelerators presents a compelling argument for why life science companies need to embrace and partner with patients to deliver the medicines they want.