Health professionals and consumers used different terms to express medical events or concerns. This makes the communication barriers between the professionals and consumers, which may lead to the bias of diagnosis or treatment due to the misunderstanding or incomplete understanding. To solve the issue, a consumer health vocabulary was developed to map the consumer-used health terms to professional-used medical terms. We extracted Chinese consumer health terms from both online health forums and patient education monographs, and manually mapped them to medical terms used by professionals. As a result, we released 1,036 Chinese consumer health terms with mapping to 480 medical terms,which are disease terms from 4 medical department, such as the department of endocrinology, cardiology, gastroenterology and dermatology.

The dataset of these terms were openly accessible on the Cpht website with a user-friendly interface. Users can download the Chinese public health terms in CSV and PDF format.