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CORRESPONDENCE
2019:32:1;61-62
doi: 10.4103/0970-258X.272133
PMID: 31823950

Appropriate terminology

Harpreet S Kohli
 11 Branklyn Crescent, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

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Kohli HS. Appropriate terminology. Natl Med J India 2019;32:61-62
Copyright: (C)2019 The National Medical Journal of India

I read with interest the editorial on ‘Falls research is coming of age’ by Ashish Goel.[1] It is a thoughtful, thought-provoking and elegant exposition of the importance of research on falls in India. However, I must take issue with one aspect of the article. Goel’s use of the term ‘inmates’ to describe older persons living in long-term residential facilities is wrong and de-humanizes the very group he seeks to champion. Alternatives could have been ‘clients’, ‘residents’ or, simply, ‘people’.

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Goel, A. Falls research is coming of age. Natl Med J India 2018;31:321-3.
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