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By following a single set of editorial guidelines, we can ensure all Inova written communications – whether for team members, patients, donors or the community – present a clear and consistent voice.

The accepted companion to this style guide is the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook. When the Inova style guide and AP Stylebook differ, you should observe the rules in Inova’s style guide. (One notable difference: We use the abbreviation “MD” for Medical Doctor, whereas AP style is “M.D.”) When a rule could not be decided using AP style, AMA style was used.

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New in This Edition

The following sections were updated in the latest versions of the Inova style guide.

Feb. 4, 2020 edition:

  • Updated boilerplate to reflect all five Inova hospitals' receipt of CMS 5-star awards
  • EST – abbreviation for Eastern Standard Time
  • Preferred word use: "dietitian" not "dietician"
  • Preferred word use: "neurological" not "neurologic"

Dec. 27, 2019 edition:

  • Table of Contents added
  • Bulleted lists
  • Correct use of "Inova" and "Inova Health System"
  • New medical terms added
  • Percent vs. % symbol
  • Gendered pronouns
  • Digital and web terms

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