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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

  • Updated boilerplate
  • Updated abbreviation for AFib

Previous update: November 9, 2020

  • New appendix entry on preferred spellings
  • New recommendation on “pre-operative” (instead of preoperative)
  • COVID-19 / Coronavirus terminology

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