Alternative wording is recommended for certain terms involving opioid use

November 17, 2022

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In this video, Karen Werder, PhD, PMHNP-BC, PHN, assistant professor at Sonoma State University School of Nursing, discussed a presentation she gave at the annual conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Werder presented a list of words commonly used to describe opioid use that are considered biased and stigmatizing, and recommended several other terms to use in the future.

“There are a lot of terms that are problematic and everyone in health care is familiar with them, and some of them may surprise people that we think of as stigmatizing,” Werder said.

Reference:

  • Werder, Karen. Addressing bias and stigma in the language we use with individuals with opioid use disorder. Presented at: American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference 2022; 20.-23. October 2022; Long Beach, California

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