Clinicians hate jargon too

Written by Vicky Burman on . Posted in Professional guidance, Talking care

I came across an interesting archive news item from the Telegraph the other day. Dating back to the British Medical Association’s consultants conference a few years ago, it claimed that doctors were often as confused by gobbledygook, over-complicated writing and jargon as patients and pretty much everyone else.

One GP said he had a received a five-page document asking him to record the ethnicity of his patients – a simple request that he pointed out could have been made in just a few short sentences.