The Our Words Matter training can be easily accessed by providers at Temple and by providers from across the country.
Do you have any questions, or reservations, about the new transparency associated with open notes? Here’s a great video published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Tom Debanco, MD, of Harvard University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reports physicians entered the new practice with some hesitation. After incorporating it into their own practice, they found that open notes became a useful tool for allyship and health promotion.
You can also visit these sites for additional learning:
- Stigmatizing language influences provider attitudes and judgments. Learn more in this paper published in the International Journal of Drug Policy.
- Stigmatizing language can negatively impact medical decision-making. For example, this case study showed less aggressive pain management when stigmatizing language was used.
- Using pejorative terms can impact patient access to medical treatment. Learn more in this paper published in Substance Use & Misuse.
- Stigmatizing language likely contributes to healthcare disparities for historically marginalized groups. Check out these resources listed on LeadMN.
- Patients now have open access to their electronic health record and will be reading what we write. We don’t know yet how this could impact future care. Read this opinion article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
- Resource guides:
- Review the Boston Medical Center's story on their efforts to reduce stigma associated with substance use disorder.
- View the Addictionary developed by the Recovery Research Institute.