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The past two weeks have been filled with news about the Center for Plain Language. The Wall Street Journal mentioned the Center or our ClearMark Awards in two articles:
1. JULY 6, 2010 Universal Precautions: A Model for Health Literacy? By Laura Landro
A Healthwise interactive conversation on low back pain recently won an national award from the Center for Plain Language, a nonprofit that advocates the use of clear communication by businesses and government bodies. “A lot of health information is like a secret language that only doctors understand,” says Annetta Cheek, who chairs the center. “It would help everyone immensely if things were just written more clearly.”
2. JULY 6, 2010 THE INFORMED PATIENT Taking Medical Jargon Out of Doctor Visits By Laura Landro
This article mentions Healthwise’s video on lower back pain, which was one of the winners of our ClearMark Awards.
Nearly nine out of 10 adults have difficulty following routine medical advice, largely because it’s often incomprehensible to average people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. And that’s bad for health care: Confused by scientific jargon, doctors’ instructions and complex medical phrases, patients are more likely to skip necessary medical tests or fail to properly take their medications, the agency says. Studies show that poor health literacy drives up costs to the health-care system and worsens patient outcomes.
Anna Stuart, a 31-year-old budget analyst at the University of California, Santa Cruz, says the Healthwise programs on low back pain and diabetes testing helped her learn more about treatment options for her back pain caused by a surfing injury 10 years ago and about a metabolic disorder she has with symptoms similar to diabetes. She wasn’t aware, she says, that remaining active and doing certain exercises rather than rest were helpful for low back pain.
Our ClearMark and WonderMark winners and nominees are now on our web site. Take a look!
We are so proud of the work our ClearMark winners are doing to promote the use of plain language!