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Our nation faces an enormous challenge to ensure that people with low health literacy skills have the opportunity to receive and understand the health information they need to make sound decisions. Limited health literacy is a complex communication and information problem that requires multiple approaches and methods to realize improvement. This brief examines plain language and its contribution to improving health literacy. Research and experience demonstrate that plain language is an essential element of clear communication. Although more research is needed to determine the most effective techniques to communicate clearly with all consumers and patients, existing research shows that plain language is a promising strategy to address the challenge.

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Writing on the blog Inside GOV.UK, GDS content manager Persis Howe explained: "We promote the use of plain English on GOV.UK. We advocate simple, clear language. Terms like eg, ie and etc, while common, make reading difficult for some.

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Editing involves so much more than correcting errors and checking details. These are both key elements, but they’re just two of a whole range of elements that form a complete edit.

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This week, we’ll take a deeper dive into the best tips for editing and reviewing a document by Plain Language standards, and will highlight key takeaways of the Plain Language Process from start to finish.

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While Plain Language is considered a writing process, there are a number of writing tips that can help your reader understand what you are trying to say the first time.

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The goal of the organizing phase is to draft an outline, and it starts with identifying the information you need, arranging it in a logical order and then filling in the gaps.

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By putting yourself in your audience’s position and being thoughtful about the words you chose to communicate, you’ll see an increase in value of your content to your readers who will be able understand your messages the first time without confusion.

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By putting yourself in your audience’s position and being thoughtful about the words you chose to communicate, you’ll see an increase in value of your content to your readers who will be able understand your messages the first time without confusion.

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Your interaction-design decisions have measurable effects on your users’ emotions and how they perceive your brand.

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A website’s tone of voice communicates how an organization feels about its message. The tone of any piece of content can be analyzed along 4 dimensions: humor, formality, respectfulness, and enthusiasm.

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