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Plain Language 

What is plain language?

Plain language is a way of communicating information verbally or in writing so that patients can:

  • quickly find what they need,
  • understand what they find; and
  • use what they find to meet their needs.

(Federal Plain Language Guidelines

When you use plain language to communicate health information, patient and families are more likely to understand what they read or hear the first time. This makes it easier for them to remember and act on the information.

You can learn more about plain language here.


Plain language thesaurus

Plain Language Thesaurus for Health Communications
CDC National Center for Health Marketing
This document lists plain language alternatives for hundreds of common medical terms.

University of Michigan Thesaurus
Search for simple, clear words and phrases.


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