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Expert talks - Linguistic Validation

A personal take on the art and science of Linguistic Validation: bridging language and clinical research
20th Jun 2024
Hayley Simpson-Finch
Linguistic validation


Welcome to the captivating world of Linguistic Validation (LV), where language and science converge to unlock the potential of Clinical Outcome Assessments (COAs). 

In this blog, I will take you on a journey through the complex process of translating health and quality of life questionnaires, shedding light on the crucial role LV plays in providing accurate and consistent data across languages. Join me as we explore the fascinating methodology behind LV and its impact on clinical research.

The power of translating patient perspectives

At the heart of LV lies the profound understanding that including patient perspectives is vital in clinical studies. 

As I ventured into this industry 12 years ago, I discovered the true significance of capturing patients' experiences and how it enriches our understanding of their needs. I might be biased, but I believe the methodology required for LV is the most interesting translation methodology of all.

Through intricate discussions with linguists, copyright holders, sponsors, and eCOA providers, we ensure that translations reflect the patients' day-to-day realities, empowering researchers to make informed decisions and ultimately, improve patient outcomes.

It is the unique combination of linguistics and science.

The challenge of equivalence in the digital age

The rapid expansion of electronic administration of clinical outcome assessments (eCOA) has revolutionized the way data is captured, administered, and monitored. 

With the ability to administer questionnaires electronically at clinical sites and even patients' homes, eCOA has not only enhanced the accuracy and timeliness of data but also reduced the burden on patients. 

This technological advancement allows healthcare professionals to remotely monitor patients' health and intervene when necessary, ensuring a more comprehensive understanding of their well-being.

As the eCOA industry advances, so does the need to ensure linguistic equivalence and compatibility across global studies. The implementation of electronic platforms adds new dimensions to the LV process, requiring us to migrate existing translations seamlessly while maintaining the rigorous scientific standards. 

The ever-evolving technology in this field demands that we adapt and grow, keeping linguistic requirements at the forefront of our efforts.

Joining Linguamatics to embrace the future

I am thrilled to have joined Linguamatics at this pivotal moment in LV's journey. Here, I am surrounded by a wealth of scientific knowledge and a team dedicated to advancing this field. 

Our goal is clear: to maintain the rigorous and scientific approach to LV while harnessing the potential of meaningful technology. By combining our expertise with innovative tools, we strive to create a seamless and patient-centric experience that will actively contribute to shape the future of clinical research.

Benefit from our expertise

Linguamatics' solutions for Linguistic Validation follow the EMA- and FDA-recommended ISPOR Principles of Good Practice for the Translation and Cultural Adaptation Process for Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO) Measures. 

We offer eCOA migration services as well as an eCOA library collaboration, so you can streamline your entire process with one end-to-end collaboration.