Questionable Word Choice in Scientific Writing in Orthopedic Surgery

O`Connor, Casey M. and Menendez, Mariano E. and Hughes, Kevin and Ring, David (2017) Questionable Word Choice in Scientific Writing in Orthopedic Surgery. The Archives of Bone and Joint Surgery, 5 (4). pp. 231-234.

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Background: Given the strong influence of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors on musculoskeletal symptoms andlimitations it�s important that both scientific and lay writing use the most positive, hopeful, and adaptive words andconcepts consistent with medical evidence. The use of words that might reinforce misconceptions about preferencesensitiveconditions (particularly those associated with age) could increase symptoms and limitations and might alsodistract patients from the treatment preferences they would select when informed and at ease.Methods: We reviewed 100 consecutive papers published in 2014 and 2015 in 6 orthopedic surgery scientific journals.We counted the number and proportion of journal articles with questionable use of one or more of the following words:tear, aggressive, required, and fail. For each word, we counted the rate of misuse per journal and the number of specificterms misused per article per journalResults: Eighty percent of all orthopedic scientific articles reviewed had questionable use of at least one term. Tearwas most questionably used with respect to rotator cuff pathology. The words fail and require were the most commonquestionably used terms overall.Conclusion: The use of questionable words and concepts is common in scientific writing in orthopedic surgery. It�sworth considering whether traditional ways or referring to musculoskeletal illness merit rephrasing.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WE Musculoskeletal system
WO Surgery
Divisions: Journals > Archives of Bone & Joint Surgery
Depositing User: abjs abjs
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2017 17:06
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2017 17:06

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