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Patient understanding of frequently used cardiology terminology

March 2014 Br J Cardiol 2014;21:39 doi:10.5837/bjc.2014.007

Patient understanding of frequently used cardiology terminology

Jonathan Blackman, Mohammad Sahebjalal

Abstract

Introduction Effective communication is known to improve patient satisfaction,1 and has been correlated with improved health outcomes.2 It is estimated that the medical student learns up to 10,000 new words during the course of their medical degree.3 Doctors frequently employ this new vocabulary in patient consultations, leading to jargon that is potentially misunderstood,4 thus, impairing effective communication. A heavy emphasis is now placed on communication skills at medical school to reduce usage of this type of jargon and use more simplified terms. Patient understanding of commonly used cardiology terminology and doctors’ estimation

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