Overcoming Biases: The Equitable Language Cheat Sheet for Health Researchers

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, has developed a written aid called the Equitable Language Cheat Sheet. This resource offers guidance on using inclusive language when referring to specific individuals, groups, and communities. The document is available on the Health Equity Core webpage and will be regularly updated to reflect changes in terminology and best practices.

According to Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda, it is crucial to respect the personal preferences of individuals and communities when collaborating with them in research settings. The cheat sheet serves as a reference guide for researchers, providing essential guidelines for instances where direct input on preferred language is not available. Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda hopes that this tool will be valuable for researchers working towards promoting health equity by overcoming biases and promoting inclusivity 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. By incorporating these terms into research studies and publications, researchers can promote a more equitable society that values diversity and inclusion. 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 within pragmatic research.

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

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. This resource offers guidance on using inclusive language when referring to specific individuals, groups, and communities. The document is available on the Health Equity Core webpage and will be…

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