How Inclusive Language is Revolutionizing Pragmatic Clinical Trials: Dr. Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda and the Health Equity Core’s Guide to Respectful Research

Health Equity Core Offers Guidelines for Inclusive Language in Practical Trials on March 28, 2024

Dr. Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, cochair of the Health Equity Core at the NIH Pragmatic Trials Collaboratory, is dedicated to ensuring that research collaborations respect the personal preferences of individuals and communities. To achieve this, she developed a written aid called the Equitable Language Cheat Sheet, which provides guidance on using inclusive language when referring to specific individuals, groups, and communities.

Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda, who is also an associate professor and assistant dean at the Duke University School of Nursing, emphasizes that it is essential for researchers to use inclusive language in their work. This document serves as a reference guide for researchers who may not have direct input on preferred language from individuals or communities. Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda hopes that the cheat sheet will be a valuable tool for researchers and partners working towards promoting health equity.

The Equitable Language Cheat Sheet includes preferred terminology for various identities such as age, race and ethnicity, gender, differing abilities, substance abuse, underserved populations, and partners of focus. The Health Equity Core aims to help pragmatic trials incorporate a health equity lens in their research by identifying barriers to this integration and developing strategies and tools to advance health equity. This living document aligns with the Core’s mission of overcoming biases and promoting health equity within pragmatic research.

To access the Equitable Language Cheat Sheet and learn more about the Health Equity Core’s work, visit their webpage today.

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