Outdated medical language that casts doubt, belittles, or blames patients jeopardises the therapeutic relationship and is overdue for change?


Key messages

  • Some commonly used language in healthcare confers petulance on patients, renders them passive, or blames them for poor outcomes
  • Such language negatively affects patient-provider relationships and is outdated
  • Research is needed to explore the impact that such language could have on patient outcomes
  • Clinicians should consider how their language affects attitudes and change as necessary

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