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From: Piscitelli, JoAnn
Date: May 21, 2018 8:58AM


Hi folks,

I’m updating medical profiles for doctors. I know that when using acronyms the term has to be spelled out in the first instance and then the acronym in parenthesis immediately after. If a medical term is only used once should the acronym still accompany it? The reason I’m asking is because I think that although a doc may refer to medical terms in acronym form that users with a screen reader would still benefit from having both the spelled out term AND the acronym even if the medical term is only mentioned once on a profile page. I hope I was able to word my question clearly enough!

Thanks!

Jo