The Glossary of Evaluation Terms for Informed Treatment choices (GET-IT) aims to facilitate informed choices about treatments (any action intended to improve health or relieve suffering) by promoting consistent use of plain language and providing plain language explanations of terms that people might need to understand if they wish to assess claims about treatments. The glossary is specifically intended to be useful to people without a research background, particularly those wanting to make an informed choice about a treatment, communicate research evidence to the general public, or teach others about how to assess claims made about treatments.
GET-IT has four features that make it different from other related glossaries:
• Plain language: definitions and explanations have been written in plain language to facilitate understanding by a wide range of people
• Collaboration: GET-IT was developed as a collaboration between three international projects (http://getitglossary.org/about/who-we-are) with over 20 partner organizations. It aims to promote accurate and understandable definitions and explanations, reducing unnecessary redundancy and promoting consistent use of language. Others can use GET-IT to adapt definitions and explanations for specific targeted audiences.
• Short definitions and longer explanations: GET-IT provides short definitions (approximately 130 characters) that can be quickly accessed and read as scroll overs, as well as longer explanations, with examples, that can be easily accessed when needed.
• Open access: we have designed GET-IT as a free-for-use tool. Definitions and explanations can be accessed from other websites using hypertext links, the glossary can be embedded in other websites (including search and browse functions), and others can use its content to create their own tailored glossaries and applications.