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  • 25Mar

    Why the NHS wants patients to poo, pee and be sick

    This article, in the Guardian, explains why the health service is ditching words such as faeces, urine and vomit in favour of simpler language that everyone can understand.      

  • 13Dec

    Plain language: It’s about smartening up, not dumbing down

    This podcast, featured in Health Literacy Out Loud, hears Dr Karen Schriver talk with Helen Osborne about: Plain language. Includes not only simpler words but also sentence structure, design, and many other ways to help readers find, understand, and use information. Reluctance and skepticism about plain language (sometimes expressed as concerns about “dumbing down”) from…

  • 16Aug

    Improving Consumer Understanding of Medical Text

    Development and Validation of a New SubSimplify Algorithm to Automatically Generate Term Explanations in English and Spanish While health literacy is important for people to maintain good health and manage diseases, medical educational texts are often written beyond the reading level of the average individual. To mitigate this disconnect, text simplification research provides methods to…

  • 31May

    Watch your language

    A blog by Policy and Public Affairs Lead at National Voices, Hannah Chalmers, who shares how the words we use shape our healthcare experience. Like any industry, health has its own terminology to get used to. There are of course all your well known terms that even the media throws around without much thought – public…

  • 25Apr

    Using Plain Language and Adding Communication Technology to an Existing Health-Related Questionnaire to Help Generate Accurate Information

    A qualitative study published in JMIR: Background: Low-educated patients are disadvantaged in using questionnaires within the health care setting because most health-related questionnaires do not take the educational background of patients into account. The Dutch Talking Touch Screen Questionnaire (DTTSQ) was developed in an attempt to meet the needs of low-educated patients by using plain language…

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