Outdated medical language that casts doubt, belittles, or blames patients jeopardises the therapeutic relationship and is overdue for change?

https://www.bmj.com/content/377/bmj-2021-066720

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  • Such language negatively affects patient-provider relationships and is outdated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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: