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The Perils of Medical Jargon
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When a doctor can’t explain their patients’ diagnoses and treatments in plain language, people suffer. Poor health literacy — a patient’s inability to understand health information – was first linked to poor health a decade ago. People who find their doctor’s advice confusing don’t manage their chronic diseases as well and are more likely to wind up hospitalized; among the elderly, the death rate is higher.

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