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Library & Knowledge Services: Plain Language

Plain Language Resources at BC Children's and BC Women's

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Communicating in Plain Language - An introduction to writing in plain language, by Devon Poznanski (Provinical Lead, Patient & Family Education - POD article, must be on network to view) 

Health Literacy Advisor software - Installed on a designated computer in the C&W Study & Learning Commons

This Word plugin scans your document and:

  • Calculates readability (including grade level)
  • Identifies complex medical and lay terms
  • Suggests plain language alternatives
  • Checks for sentence and word length

If you are developing patient education materials for C&W patients, please contact Pamela Harrison, C&W Health Literacy Information Specialist. Pamela is happy to consult on content clarity.

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