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Standard Language

The IRB will ask for the DUHS Standard Language to be inserted into consent documents as appropriate to a study.  This language has been vetted by the IRB, and covers a variety of topics.  The IRB's Standard Language will help you describe highly technical medical terms and procedures in plain language.

IRB Standard Language, translated into Spanish, is available for many, but not all, of the topics covered in the English Standard Language.

Resources for Plain Language

The Duke University Medical Center Library has developed a helpful web page on health literacy and the communication of medical terminology in plain language.

Translation Services

The DUHS IRB provides the names of translation services to assist researchers who may need to translate consent forms and other study documents for non-English speaking research participants.  We cannot attest to the quality or accuracy of their work products.


Global Translation Systems Inc.

Located in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina
Phone: (919) 967-2010

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Language Resources

Located in Greensboro, North Carolina
​Toll Free (877) 859-9823

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27 W 24th St, #407 New York, NY 10010
Phone: (212) 796-5636

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Affordable Translations

654 Warren Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: (212) 864-4872

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TransPerfect Translations

Three Park Avenue, 39th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 689-5555

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Cyracom International Inc.

Phone: (321) 320-3564

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United Language Group

433 Broadway New York, NY 10013

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CSOFT International

535 Mission Street, 15th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

+1-617-263-8950 (U.S./Europe)
+86-10-5736-6000 (Asia)

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