SearCh for humourIstic and Extravagant acroNyms and Thoroughly Inappropriate names For Important Clinical trials (SCIENTIFIC): qualitative and quantitative systematic study

Anton Pottegård, M. B. Haastrup, T. B. Stage, Morten Rix Hansen, Kasper Søltoft Larsen, P. M. Meegaard, L. H. Meegaard, H. Horneberg, Charlotte Gils, D. Dideriksen, L. Aagaard, A. B. Almarsdottir, J. Hallas, P. Damkier

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OBJECTIVES: To describe the development of acronym use across five major medical specialties and to evaluate the technical and aesthetic quality of the acronyms. DESIGN: Acronyms obtained through a literature search of followed by a standardised assessment of acronym quality (BEAUTY and CHEATING criteria). PARTICIPANTS: Randomised controlled trials within psychiatry, rheumatology, pulmonary medicine, endocrinology, and cardiology published between 2000 and 2012. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Prevalence proportion of acronyms and composite quality score for acronyms over time. RESULTS: 14,965 publications were identified, of which 18.3% (n=2737) contained an acronym in the title. Acronym use was more common among cardiological studies than among the other four medical specialties (40% v 8-15% in 2012, P
Original languageEnglish
Article numberg7092
JournalB M J
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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