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A.4  Plain language summary

The plain language summary (formerly called the ‘synopsis’) aims to summarize the review in a straightforward style that can be understood by consumers of health care. Plain language summaries are made freely available on the internet, so will often be read as stand-alone documents. Plain language summaries have two parts: a plain language title (a restatement of the review’s title using plain language terms) and a summary text of not more than 400 words.

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