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

Awan S, Abid S, Tariq M, et al. Use of medical abbreviations and acronyms: knowledge among medical students and postgraduates. Postgrad Med J. 2016;92(1094):721-725. doi:10.1136/postgradmedj-2016-134086.

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July 13, 2016
Awan S, Abid S, Tariq M, et al. Postgrad Med J. 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.

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Awan S, Abid S, Tariq M, et al. Use of medical abbreviations and acronyms: knowledge among medical students and postgraduates. Postgrad Med J. 2016;92(1094):721-725. doi:10.1136/postgradmedj-2016-134086.