Effect of Expanded Abbreviations on Patient Comprehension of Their Health Records

JAMA Network Open

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About The Study: Researchers found in this randomized clinical trial conducted at three hospitals that expansion of 10 common medical abbreviations in patient health records significantly increased overall comprehension of the abbreviations, suggesting that post hoc or automated expansion of medical abbreviations and acronyms can improve patient understanding of their health information.

Authors: Lisa Grossman Liu, Ph.D., of Columbia University in New York, is the corresponding author.

  

(doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.12320)

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