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Are your patients ever vague?

By 8 April 2018Language Tips

Are you ever vague?

Vague – pronounced /veɪg/

Vagueness is a common condition among the elderly. It can appear as forgetting appointments or not remembering whether lunch has been eaten or not. It can be an early sign of dementia.

Vagueness can also be intentionally used by people of all ages. For example, when someone doesn’t wish to disclose full details of something such as the extent of a bad habit e.g.

How many units of alcohol do you drink per week?

Oh, it’s hard to say, not that many.

Sometimes, the difficulty for the health profession, is deciding whether the vagueness is intentional or not.