We should drop the jargon and speak plain English

MEDICAL language needs to catch up with the modern partnership model of care, self-care and preventative medicine.

The gap is somewhat bridged by the multitude of patient leaflets and online information, but often these do not meet a patient’s educational level or knowledge requirements.

We try to impart valuable information during outpatient consultations, but it's no secret that patients' recollections differ, so the only reliable record of the visit is the clinician's letter.

But our clinic letter is often a reply to the referrer and our terminology is

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