Author Affiliation: Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, St Louis University, St Louis, Missouri.
When health care providers communicate with patients and their families, we may use a different language than when we talk to our colleagues. We discuss the single case rather than an entire cohort. Our language must be simplified without being condescending. We try not to bother our patients with information they do not need nor scare them with information that is not relevant to their situation.
How then might we write a book that is aimed at “both stroke survivors and individuals wishing to learn more about the condition and how to prevent it”? It should be written in nonprofessional language but explain some of the terms commonly used by physicians. It should be thorough and informative but not too elaborate. It should be well organized with a clear structure that allows the patient and family members to receive the information they seek and communicate more efficiently with their health care providers.
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