Embracing Equity: How Dr. Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda Helps Pragmatic Trials Get it Right with the ‘Equitable Language Cheat Sheet’

Health Equity Core Offers Guidelines for Inclusive Language in Practical Trials on March 28, 2024

Dr. Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, an associate professor and assistant dean at the Duke University School of Nursing, is also cochair of the Health Equity Core at the NIH Pragmatic Trials Collaboratory. She played a crucial role in the development of a written aid called the Equitable Language Cheat Sheet, which offers guidance on using inclusive language when referring to specific individuals, groups, and communities. This resource 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 essential to respect personal preferences when collaborating with individuals and communities 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 a valuable asset 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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