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Are there any approved medical abbreviations?

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 15 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4140
  1. Fuad Hameed, consultant in geriatric medicine, Cannock Chase Hospital, Cannock, UK
  1. fhameed{at}

The appraisal form for a senior advanced practitioner asked: “Does the practitioner in question use approved medical abbreviations while prescribing and making entries in medical notes?”

I know a host of medical abbreviations—ac, bid, od, qd, qid, and so on—but what are “approved” medical abbreviations? …

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