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Medical Information in Plain Language: A Health Literacy Resource Guide  

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Doctor, would you explain that to me again in plain language?

What exactly is the meaning of a medical word your doctor recently used?

Have you been frustrated by confusing instructions about taking medications..... or preparing for a medical test?

It can be discouraging to hear a medical condition explained in technical language that you don't understand.  

Understanding a certain medical condition's treatment and outlook may be of great importance to you and your family.


Perhaps it would be helpful to read about medications and medical conditions in "plain language."

This Health Literacy Resource Guide offers explanations of medical words and illnesses in language that may help you understand your doctor's descriptions.

This Guide also includes suggestions to help you talk with your doctor and other health care workers. 


 Since this resource guide is a publication of Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network, a program of the Lyman Maynard Stowe Library at UCONN Health, it includes Connecticut resources, as well as national resources, when they are available.

Although advertisements may appear on some Internet websites in this Guide, the UCONN Health Library makes no recommendations for these products or services nor endorses them.

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