Annotation: In order to communicate health and research messages clearly, the National Institutes of Health suggests using plain language for all documents, presentations, and electronic messages. Plain language is characterized by:
• Common, everyday words except for necessary technical terms
• Personal pronouns (“we” and “you”)
• Active voice
• Logical organization
• An easy-to-read format, including bullets, tables and free use of whitespace.
This Computer-Based Training (CBT) module was developed to introduce health professionals to the basics of plain language. Modules one through seven contain tales of medical history, some exercises, and a summary. The eighth module contains optional exercises for additional practice. A list of websites for use by participants to continue expanding professional writing skills is also provided.
Learning Objectives: • Learn to organize ideas.
• Develop a clear writing style.
• Learn the skills necessary to become a more effective communicator.
Continuing Education: Certificate of completion offered.