Confused by Medical Terminology?

Are you regularly working with medical terminology but not medically trained?  Are you sometimes confounded and bamboozled by medical terms and doctors’ jargon?

Your Health Library can help!  We have a selection of books on medical terminology, explaining how conditions and treatments get their names, as well as the Latin and Greek components that are used to create them. Splitting the word into its parts very often makes it so much easier to understand – and to type too!

Confused by PHEOCHROMOCYTOMA?

PHEO-                   means dusky

-CHROMO-           means colour

-CYT-                      refers to a cell

-OMA                      a suffix meaning tumour

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Bust that medical jargon!

Doctor Jargon – A new game available to borrow from Telford Health Library.

Practice communicating without using jargon!

It is all too easy to assume that patients will understand medical descriptions and technical terms but they are often just left bamboozled and confused, and are too embarrassed to ask for clarification. This game gets you to practice busting that jargon and explaining conditions and  treatment  in normal everyday language without slipping into those medical terms you use with colleagues.  Work as individuals or in teams to describe medical terminology without using key jargon and specialist language.

Can you describe MEASLES without using the words VIRUS, FEVER, IMMUNISATION, CONTAGIOUS  or CONJUNCTIVITIS?

How would you describe ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY without mentioning ULTRASOUND, CARDIAC, DOPPLER, VALVE or DIAGNOSIS?

Why not try it in a group of colleagues or at an update meeting – a fun way to practice good patient communication skills.