Through speaking with patients and members of the public, we’ve learnt that our field of research can often have words and phrases which can be confusing. To help make our research more accessible we decided to create a glossary of terms, or Jargon Buster.
As our research continues, we’ll keep updating this list.
LONG TERM CONDITIONS:
This refers to over 230 different illnesses like heart problems, cancer, dementia, mental health problems, and long-term infectious diseases like HIV or hepatitis
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI):
If you have a smartphone or have used the internet to search for something – AI is working in the background to help you get what you are looking for. We are using AI to find patterns in very large datasets. With so much data its hard for humans to see what is going on and detect useful patterns – it’s a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. AI makes it easier to spot these patterns.
ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS:
These are used in general practice (by your GP) and in hospitals to record information about diagnoses and treatments. In this research we will only ever use anonymised records to make sure we cannot identify individuals
If you come across a term we’ve used that needs a bit more explanation, feel free to let us know through this link, and we will add it to our ‘Jargon Buster’ list.