One of the important aspects of talking to patients is being able to customise our communication to a level that the patient can understand. In order to simplify the way we speak to the patient, it is important to avoid using difficult medical terminology that the patient may not understand.
Using ‘Layman’ or common terminology may be more appropriate than using professional medical terminology. A ‘Layman’ can be defined as:
‘a person without professional or specialized knowledge in a particular subject.’
For example, many patients will not know what ‘hypertension’ is. When speaking to these patients, using the layman term ‘high blood pressure’ will be more commonly understood.
Other examples include: