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Use of medical abbreviations and acronyms: knowledge among medical students and postgraduates.

Awan S, Abid S, Tariq M, et al. Postgraduate medical journal. 2016;92:721-725.

In this educational study, investigators tested students and resident physicians on their understanding of medical abbreviations, including "do not use" phrases, and found significant comprehension gaps. Despite efforts to address unclear abbreviations, this work shows that abbreviations still carry risk for misunderstanding and should be avoided.