Breaking Barriers: A Guide to Equitable Language in Pragmatic Research with Dr. Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda”.

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, played a vital role in creating a written guide called the Equitable Language Cheat Sheet. This resource serves as a reference for researchers to use 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 with changes in terminology and best practices.

As an associate professor and assistant dean at Duke University School of Nursing, Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda emphasized the importance of respecting personal preferences when collaborating with individuals and communities in research settings. The cheat sheet provides essential guidelines for instances where direct input on preferred language is not available, making it 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, identify barriers to this integration and develop 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.

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