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Doctors' abbreviations cause confusion

Abbreviations in doctors’ notes can cause communication difficulties with other health professionals, a medical legal expert has warned.Dr Sally Old, medico-legal advisor at the Medical Defence Union, said bad handwriting can also confuse other doctors.The issue raised after an audit undertaken by the paediatric department at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, which was published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood in November.It found 479 different abbreviations ...

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