Today’s post will address one of our favorite topics: unnecessarily complex health terms!
Let’s start with a pop quiz. Pretend you’re writing a patient handout. What’s the best way to tell someone she’ll have to spend the night in the hospital?
- a. You’ll be hospitalized overnight
- b. You’ll be admitted to the hospital for the night
- c. You’ll need inpatient care at the hospital
- d. You’ll need overnight observation in the hospital
- e. It’s a trick question — the question is the answer
Exactly — with an “E.” Just skip the fancy words and say what you mean: “You’ll have to spend the night in the hospital.”
There’s no need to risk confusing people with overcomplicated language. “Hospitalization” has 6 syllables! We’ve said it before, dear readers, and we’ll certainly say it again: just keep it simple.
And in case you were wondering, the title of this post is a trick question, too.
The bottom line: Instead of using complex terms like “hospitalized” or “admitted,” use words that everyone knows.
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