Why the alphabet soup in discharge summaries is a menace

With the typical summary containing 13 different short forms, GP registrar Dr Anna Coghlan says confusion is inevitable

Dr Anna Coghlan recently exposed the alphabet soup frequently served up in hospital discharge summaries written for GPs.  

Dr Anna Coghlan
Dr Anna Coghlan.

As a junior doctor and now a GP registrar in Brisbane, she was the lead researcher on a recent study showing that a local hospital's typical discharge letter had some 13 different abbreviations on average.