nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk) wrote,

Enthusiastic users of acronyms

I appreciate acronyms are popular: they're useful. But sometimes, people seem really a bit too keen. Like the people who came up with the Sino-Nasal Outcome Test, also know as the (SNOT)22. You can guess what it measures.

This bunch at the University of Southampton medical school seem particularly keen:

2015 – ARCHIE Study, University of Oxford, a paediatric double-blind randomised placebo-controlled trial to determine whether treatment with a 5-day course of co-amoxiclav early during an influenza/ILI episode in at risk children reduces the likelihood of re-consultation due to clinical deterioration.

2014 – FAME Study, University of Southampton, A pilot study to inform a future study in the management of short-term (acute) fatigue.

2008 – SNIFS Study, University of Southampton, A primary care randomised controlled trial of nasal irrigation, steam inhalation and a combination of the treatments to ascertain effectiveness in the prevention of sinusitis symptoms.

2008 – TASTE Study, University of Southampton, A primary care randomised controlled trial of probiotics, xylitol and sorbitol for acute sore throat.

2008 - SMILE Study, University of Southampton, A feasibility study to develop a preliminary version of a website to self measure and manage hypertension.


TASTE and SNIFS are the clear winners. I'm slightly disappointed that FAME isn't an investigation into how to live forever.

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