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Plain Language Glossary

Download the RTC's Family Planning pdf symbol Plain Language Glossary or search alphabetically.

The Plain Language Glossary contains frequently used reproductive health and family planning terms, defined in clear, simple, plain language. Its purpose is to enhance both oral and written communication with family planning clients by providing plain language alternatives to medical jargon. The glossary can be used to help educators and clinicians develop written materials for clients that are easy to read and understand. Use of the plain language phrasings included in the glossary may also help educators, counselors and clinicians to communicate more effectively during the family planning encounter.

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Other Plain Language Glossaries

Alternative Lay Language for Medical Terms in Consent Forms copyrighted by the University of Kentucky.
Partners HealthCare
Edited from a list copyrighted by the University of Kentucky.

Common Terms and Suggested Alternatives
Health Research for Action

Guidance: Simplification Guide to Medical Terms
IRBMED, University of Michigan Medical School

Health Education and Adult Literacy: Breast and Cervical Cancer (HEAL:BCC) Word List
World Education, Inc.

Health Literacy Studies - Plain Language Glossaries
Harvard School of Public Health
Provides brochures to download containing glossaries on asthma, arthritis and lupus.

Sexual health glossary
Planned Parenthood

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