Language Problem

We need to standardize the terminology we use to talk about antibiotic resistance, argues an international group of researchers led by University of Cape Town’s Marc Mendelson. Because dealing with this global problem requires participation from governments, health experts and the public, the authors say, it’s crucial to use language everyone can understand and agree upon.

The authors encourage the UN, through its newly formed interagency group tasked with fighting antibiotic resistance, to undertake a review of terminology. Unless messages are clear and unambiguous, they say, we will fail to promote the public’s understanding of what needs to be done.

Source: Nature

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