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The Big 7Tea Party – celebrating 70 years of the NHS

To celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday and support their Big 7Tea Party initiative, the Luto team held a tea party on the 5th July at our new offices in Pudsey, West Yorkshire. A fine selection of cakes, cookies, coffee and crockery were brought in as you can see from the photos!         […]

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Improving Writing for Patients

On Wednesday 18th July our Co-founder and Academic Advisor, Professor Theo Raynor will be presenting a webinar on Improving Writing for Patients on behalf of The Organisation for Professionals In Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA). The webinar will use multiple examples of good (and not so good) patient information to help those participating improve their writing for patients. If […]

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Health Information Week 2-8 July 2018

Once again this year, Luto will be taking part in the annual Health Information Week. As specialists in the creation of clear health communication which meets the needs of real people, we are always proud to support this initiative. The aim of Health Information Week is to promote quality health resources. By encouraging partnership across […]

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Spotlight on Dr Jean Challiner

Dr Jean Challiner recently joined the Luto team and in this article we put her under the spotlight to find out some more about her: Healthcare background  I qualified as a doctor over 35 years ago and worked initially as a GP (General Practitioner) before moving into an Accident and Emergency unit. From there, I […]

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Carers Week 11-17 June 2018

6.5 million people in the UK are currently providing unpaid care for someone who needs extra support as they grow older or for someone with an illness, disability or mental health problem. Often those caring for someone will not think of themselves as being a carer, rather they see it as doing what is necessary […]

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DIA Global Annual Meeting – Boston 24th – 28th June 2018

Luto is pleased to be attending one of 2018’s most important industry events: The DIA Global Annual Meeting. Following on from the success of DIA Europe, which was held in Switzerland earlier this year, and at which our academic adviser, Professor Theo Raynor was among expert speakers, the DIA Global Annual Meeting offers a unique […]

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Make May Purple for Stroke – May 2018

“Make May Purple for Stroke” is the Stroke Association’s awareness month in the UK. A stroke is a ‘brain attack’ and happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off, which can cause damage or death to brain cells. The damage caused can have different effects on a person, depending on […]

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A warm welcome to Lorna Wilkinson

Can you tell me about your Ergonomics (Human Factors Design) degree? I completed a mixture of biology, psychology and design modules. The biology modules covered things like anatomy / physiology, thermal ergonomics, human performance at environment extremes and anthropometrics. The psychology modules covered cognitive ergonomics and organisational psychology, which focused on the workplace looking at […]

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Professor Parisa Aslani – Adherence to treatments – a human dilemma

At the April ‘SHED’ talk at the University of Leeds, Professor Parisa Aslani spoke about ‘Adherence to treatments – a human dilemma’. This also could have been called ‘Adherence – between a rock and a hard place’. Her insight as a pharmacist researcher in Sydney Australia is quite unique, as she researches both health information […]

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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in the UK. Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, and is responsible for 16,000 deaths each year. However, when diagnosed early, bowel cancer is highly treatable and curable. Early diagnosis and treatment of the disease are critical in improving survival rates, which is why Bowel Cancer […]

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DIA Europe – Basel 17th to 19th of April 2018

Luto is thrilled to be attending one of the most important industry events this year: DIA Europe. DIA (Driving Insights into Action), brings healthcare product‑development professionals together to share insights, and drive action in healthcare product‑development, and life‑cycle management. It is the global forum for knowledge exchange that fosters innovation, to raise the level of […]

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Clinical Trial Results Summary for Laypersons: A User Testing Study

In Europe, clinical trial sponsors will soon be required by the new EU Clinical Trials Regulation to publish a public summary of clinical trial results. This needs to happen within 1 year of the trial ending, and so in advance of this requirement, companies across the industry are hard at work to ensure they are […]

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Prof Parisa adds a new dimension to Luto Research

Health information is a priority worldwide, and so we are delighted to welcome Professor Parisa Aslani from the University of Sydney as an academic advisor to Luto Research. Parisa is internationally known for her research and policy work on information for patients about medicines, and is President of the ‘Health and Medicines Information Section’ of […]

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Reverse Advent Calendar Appeal 2017

Following the success of last year’s appeal, the team at Luto will once again be donating much needed emergency food supplies to the local community over the festive period by taking part in the Trussell Trusts reverse advent calendar appeal. Unlike a normal advent calendar, which is all about receiving a small treat every day until […]

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Top tips for selecting a target population group for your research study

Here at Luto, we conduct studies on behalf of our clients to find out whether different types of health communications meet individual’s needs. The types of studies we conduct depend on the product or information that we are testing – and the particular feedback needed by the client. We typically recruit two types of participants: […]

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Results from Luto collaboration with Merck on User Testing of a Clinical Trial Lay Summary to be shared at ICCH & HARC today

Laurie Myers from Merck will be joining the list of expert speakers at this week’s joint meeting of the ‘International Conference on Communication in Healthcare’ and ‘Health Literacy Annual Research Conference’ in Baltimore, USA. Laurie will be presenting a session on: Clinical Trial Results Summary for Laypersons ‘ a user testing study as part of […]

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Luto newsletter – news, views and cycling shoes

We’ve been busy over the past few months helping clients implement the EU guidance on lay summaries for clinical trials. So our September newsletter is focused on this topic. If this is something you’re working on, then I hope you’ll find this interesting. You’ll also find a short video about health literacy. It’s an ideal […]

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Celebrating health literacy month this October

We are excited to celebrate Health Literacy month which aims to promote the importance of understandable health information – during the month of October! But what do we mean by the term ‘Health Literacy’? In its broadest sense, health literacy means people’s ability to obtain, understand and process basic health information – which in turn […]

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Top tips for one to one interviews with children and young people

At Luto, we usually interview adults (people aged 18 and over) on our projects. However, we sometimes work with children and young people, when the materials are aimed at this age group. This requires a slightly different style of interviewing and certain factors need to be taken into consideration before an interview can be conducted. […]

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Clinical Trial Results for Laypersons – Practical experiences, examples and plans

Earlier this year’our co-founder and academic advisor, Professor Theo Raynor presented work on lay summary testing at the Joint EFGCP-EFPIA ‘Workshop on ‘Communicating Clinical Trial Results to Meet Public Needs‘. The event took place in Brussels where Theo also participated in a panel discussion ‘How to prepare Europe for Lay Summaries’. Clinical Trial Results for Laypersons – […]

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Dress to impress: Why choose made-to-measure research?

Imagine this scenario, you’ve got a big event coming up, you want to be the centre of attention and you need to dress to impress. You make a trip to your local suit shop, pick out your favourite suit, try it on and the shop assistant tells you “You look great, this suit was made […]

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Denise cycles from Lands End to John o’Groats in aid of the MS Society

After months of training my epic ride across Britain is finally here. Between the 9th and 18th of September 2017, I will be taking on Britain’s world famous long-distance cycle challenge. Riding 969 miles from the most south westerly point of Cornwall (Land’s End) to the most easterly tip of Scotland (John O’Groats) in aid […]

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Get user insight – Luto’s usability testing lab

Engaging with users of your products and services early in the design process will help you respond to their real needs whilst saving you time and money.  In addition, getting insight from user research is key to creating safe and effective products and services.  Whilst this activity is not always factored in at the start […]

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Health Information Week – 3rd to 9th July

Health Information Week is a multi-sector campaign which focuses on promoting high-quality health resources which are available to the public. This campaign encourages partnership across sectors, benefiting both staff and the public by raising awareness of the resources that are available to them. How can you get involved in Health Information Week? Show your support […]

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Join us at DIA Chicago this June

Luto is proud to announce that we will be attending the DIA (Drug Information Association) annual meeting, themed ‘Driving Insights to Action’ – held between 19th and 22nd June in Chicago. DIA is the premier annual meeting for Life Sciences Professionals, designed to foster the international exchange of actionable insights to improve health globally through […]

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Top tips for conducting 1:1 research interviews

One to one interviews help us understand if health communications meet the needs of the people they are created for. They allow us to get direct feedback from ‘real people’. If something has not been understood during an interview, the interviewer can work to find out why – potential improvements could also be discussed. Luto have […]

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Involving Users in Developing Health Information

We are pleased to inform you of our involvement in the upcoming Patient Information Forum (PIF) event on ‘Involving Users in Developing Health Information’, which will take place on Wednesday 17th May 2017 in London. The event offers health information professionals the chance to network with other delegates whilst providing practical case studies and learning opportunities. […]

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