Journal article

Insights on Sensitive Language Use in the Hong Kong Healthcare Setting: Perceptions of Parents and Caregivers of Patients Affected with Down Syndrome

YWY Chu, SPW Chu, WKY Mok, TY Tan, BHY Chung

HONG KONG JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS | MEDCOM LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Appropriate use of language in healthcare settings is an increasingly studied area. However, most of the current literature is English based. This study aims to explore the characteristics of sensitive language used in the healthcare setting in Hong Kong. Through the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association, 116 participants were recruited, consisting of parents and caregivers of patients with Down syndrome (DS). These participants were asked to rate 43 items of words in Cantonese as “offensive”/”not offensive”, and were invited to give additional words that they have heard in healthcare setting which they considered to be offensive. We found that the use of “abnormal”, the assumptions on abiliti..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association and all participants for their support to this study.