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

Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda Promotes Inclusive Language in Health Equity Research through Cheat Sheet

Dr. Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, cochair of the Health Equity Core at the NIH Pragmatic Trials Collaboratory, has developed a written aid called the Equitable Language Cheat Sheet to promote inclusive language when referring to specific individuals, groups, and communities. The document serves as a reference guide for researchers and provides essential guidelines for instances where direct input on preferred language is not available.

As an associate professor and assistant dean at the Duke University School of Nursing, Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda believes that respecting personal preferences is crucial when collaborating with individuals and communities in research settings. The cheat sheet aligns with the Health Equity Core’s mission of overcoming biases and promoting health equity within pragmatic research.

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. It aims to help pragmatic trials incorporate a health equity lens in their research, identify barriers to this integration, and develop strategies and tools to advance health equity.

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


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