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Lay (person)

The term 'lay' means non-professional. In research, it refers to the people who are neither academic researchers nor health or social care professionals. 


A drug must be granted a licence by a regulatory body, before it can be made available for wider use. Licences confirm the health condition the medicine should be used for and the recommended dosage


When a product has been given a marketing authorisation (product licence) by a medicines regulator, meaning it can be placed on the market

Literature review

A comprehensive summary of previous research on a topic.