Challenges to reducing the use of abbreviations are as varied as the different ways that abbreviations can contribute to errors. Overcoming these challenges requires a multifaceted change initiative that engages a wide variety of healthcare providers. These strategies are mainly applicable to healthcare delivery sites although pre-professional education programs for healthcare providers can use some of these strategies to help create a culture of practice in which abbreviation use is minimized. Finally, there are many things that individual healthcare providers can do in their personal practice to impact abbreviation use.
A table summarizing challenges and barriers as well as possible strategies to address them is found in the Resource section below. The following areas are covered: