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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 have updated in the latest version of the Inova style guide (December 27, 2019):

  • Table of Contents 
  • 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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