PHC Editorial Standards

The Providence Health Care Editorial Standards Guide (standards guide) provides guidelines on the terminology, language, grammar, capitalization, and other editorial decisions. This is done in an effort to enhance comprehension, increase clarity and minimize unnecessary distractions readers may encounter due to poor grammar or word choice. The guide is also intended to bring awareness to the stigmatizing potential of language.

Adhering to the guidelines of this guide ensures that a high-level of professionalism is maintained throughout all Providence Health Care (PHC) communications.

This standards guide is a work in progress. As new editorial questions arise and language and usage change, it will evolve. Communications & Public Affairs welcomes input in order to make the standards guide more useful. If you have comments or suggestions, please email