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Language in Medical Documentation—Reply

C. Jason Wang, MD, PhD
JAMA. 2013;309(10):983-984. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1010.
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In Reply: I agree with Mssrs Dittmar and Weller that there is a trade-off between medical jargon and vernacular language. All professions develop their own language out of necessity to communicate with colleagues quickly and to protect themselves from outsiders. It may not always be possible to make concepts more understandable for patients without sacrificing brevity or specificity. However, I disagree that clinicians are the only target audience of documentation in the electronic era, given that many health care institutions are making tethered personalized health records available to their patients. I mentioned in the article that to make any terminology accurate and appropriate for communication, “[p]erhaps it is time for medical scholars to work with consumers to define the most helpful terms for patients and families.”

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March 13, 2013
W. James Dittmar, BS; Alex Weller, BA
JAMA. 2013;309(10):983-984. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1001.
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