Dan Hinmon, MCSMN Director
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10 AP Stylebook Hacks That Anyone Who Blogs Should Know About

Posted by @DanHinmon, Mar 27, 2017

AP Style still rules the world of digital writing. Here are the basic rules for numbers, months, dates, commas, capitalizations, etc that will help your writing conform.

Does your hospital conform to AP style? What differences have you encountered?

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Our group dental practice conforms to AP style thanks to one @erindonegan.

We use AP style. When we send our work to doctors to review, I’d say the #1 AP style rule we have to defend is title lowercasing. Or lowercasing in general. “The patient had a Heart Attack, and while we’re at it, let’s just Randomly capitalize some other Important words.”

The numbers “hack” in this list is a little misleading. There are a lot of instances where you don’t spell out a number under 10. A “5-year-old child,” for example.

I’ve also made a lot of exceptions for Twitter. Spelling out “percent” when you have 140 characters is ridiculous.

@MeganRowe

We use AP style. When we send our work to doctors to review, I’d say the #1 AP style rule we have to defend is title lowercasing. Or lowercasing in general. “The patient had a Heart Attack, and while we’re at it, let’s just Randomly capitalize some other Important words.”

The numbers “hack” in this list is a little misleading. There are a lot of instances where you don’t spell out a number under 10. A “5-year-old child,” for example.

I’ve also made a lot of exceptions for Twitter. Spelling out “percent” when you have 140 characters is ridiculous.

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Smart exceptions, @MeganRowe. Seems the essential element is consistency among your entire staff. Does writing on the website and patient communications conform too?

@MeganRowe

We use AP style. When we send our work to doctors to review, I’d say the #1 AP style rule we have to defend is title lowercasing. Or lowercasing in general. “The patient had a Heart Attack, and while we’re at it, let’s just Randomly capitalize some other Important words.”

The numbers “hack” in this list is a little misleading. There are a lot of instances where you don’t spell out a number under 10. A “5-year-old child,” for example.

I’ve also made a lot of exceptions for Twitter. Spelling out “percent” when you have 140 characters is ridiculous.

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Yes. All of our communications, internal and external, should conform. We’re not heavily involved with the appointment reminder letters, so I’m not sure if they do.

We conform to AP style in our PR communications. Like @MeganRowe said about Twitter, I do ditch a few rules here and there due to the character limit. I hear many complaints about capitalizing (or not) titles, departments and conditions. When I arrived here, there wasn’t a formal style guide, so I adopted AP b/c that’s what I know from my newspaper background. Eventually we hired someone to create a style guide and it’s based mostly on AP.

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