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J Interprof Care. 2011 Nov;25(6):452-3. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2011.597891. Epub 2011 Sep 7.

Interprofessional jargon: how is it exclusionary? Cultural determinants of language use in health care practice.

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Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.


Language can impact significantly on the ways in which health care professionals relate and provide clinical services, as well as the way in which patients conceptualize their role in the healthcare encounter. The aim of this project was to explore the barriers and challenges to developing a collaborative approach in health care. A hermeneutic research approach was used with a convenience sample of international key informants representing 6 disciplines. A total of 10 individual, semi-structured interviews were conducted. Findings emphasized the need to be more inclusive by avoiding the use of exclusionary jargon so that all members of the health care team, including patients and families, can adopt a collaborative practice orientation.

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