Using plain language to talk about death
What is it about?
We asked MOOC participants to provide euphemisms (words that are used to avoid certain words) for death and dying such as 'kicked the bucket'. They not only came up with over 1,000 of them but also gave examples of where not using plain language caused embarrassment and distress.
Why is it important?
Nurses are aware not to use jargon or acronyms with patients and families but euphemism are just as confusing. It is important to make sure that any messages provided are clear, in simple language and able to be understood.
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