Medical websites win plain English awards

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s not easy writing medical information in plain English. So congratulations to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and The Cochrane Collaboration, runners-up in the Plain English Campaign’s 2011 web awards.

The Cochrane Collaboration was recognised for its Cochrane Summaries website, a beta site that provides evidence-based overviews of medical conditions and treatments for a lay audience. Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust provides information about the condition for patients and carers.

Of the two, the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust website is much more user-friendly, although Cochrane’s beta asthma portal shows promise. There are one or two sentences on the Jo’s site that I felt could be clarified further – not everyone will understand what is meant by ‘the doctor or nurse will put a number of different solutions on the cervix’, for example – but overall it has a comprehensive, reassuring and sensitive tone of voice.

Congratulations again to both websites – it’s great to see complex medical information being given the plain English treatment.

January 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm Leave a comment

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