Patient First Language: Breaking Stigmas, Building Bridges


About the Course  

Episode one delves into a conversation about the importance of patient-first language. Through insightful dialogue, uncover its origins, evolution, and impact on perceptions, patient empowerment, and healthcare delivery. Gain valuable insights into how language choices shape stigma, bias, and the patient-provider dynamic, setting the stage for transformative communication and compassionate care.

Episode two explores the practical application of patient-first language and its significance in fostering cultural competence and enhancing the patient-provider relationship. During our conversation, we investigate strategies for balancing respectful language with clear communication of medical specifics, advocating for person-first language within healthcare organizations, and emphasizing the transformative power of language in shaping the patient experience. 

Listen, Learn, and Earn CE Hours with this podcast course. Available on AppleSpotify, and other podcast apps. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognize the concept of person-first language, comprehending its significance in healthcare communication.
  • Identify the positive outcomes of using person-first language, such as enhanced patient satisfaction, improved trust, and the promotion of better patient-provider relationships.
  • Distinguish the challenges associated with adopting person-first language within institutional norms and habits.

About the Presenter

Dr. Meriah Ward, DNP, FNP-BC is a family nurse practitioner pursuing a psychiatric mental health post-graduate certificate. They received an MSN, DNP, and PGC from Old Dominion University in 2020, 2021, and 2024, respectively.  

They are a non-binary, autistic provider providing primary and mental health services for diverse populations. Dr. Ward's passion for primary and psychiatric care services propels them to consider an integrative approach to the co-management of medical and psychiatric conditions. Their passions include LGBTQIA+ health, sexual health, neurodivergency, multiplicity, gender-affirming care, and chronic disease management. 

How to Receive Credit  

  • Listen to the entire recording which requires a 1 hour commitment of time.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  

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