Use Basic Medical Terminology

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A quiz to test your ability to use basic medical terminology


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the correct meaning for this abbreviation? qid

    • A.

      Quota in Decisions

    • B.

      Quinine in demand

    • C.

      4 times a day

    • D.

      2 times a day

    Correct Answer
    C. 4 times a day
    Explanation
    The correct meaning for the abbreviation "qid" is "4 times a day." This is commonly used in medical prescriptions to indicate the frequency at which a medication should be taken.

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  • 2. 

    You are working as an Allied Health Assistant of a Physiotherapist. Which of the following abbreviations might you be using? Go to the link below and type in the abbreviations for help. (More than one answer)http://www.globalrph.com/abbrev.htm

    • A.

      AKA

    • B.

      EOM

    • C.

      Fx

    • D.

      MMR

    • E.

      MVA

    • F.

      AC

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. AKA
    B. EOM
    C. Fx
    E. MVA
    Explanation
    As an Allied Health Assistant of a Physiotherapist, you might be using the abbreviation AKA, which stands for Above Knee Amputation. This abbreviation is commonly used in medical records and communication to indicate that a patient has had their leg amputated above the knee. Another abbreviation you might be using is EOM, which stands for Extraocular Movements. This abbreviation is used to describe the movement of the eyes and is important in assessing eye function. Fx is another abbreviation that you might use, which stands for Fracture. This abbreviation is used to indicate that a patient has a broken bone. Lastly, MVA, which stands for Motor Vehicle Accident, might be used to describe the cause of a patient's injury or condition.

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  • 3. 

    What is the difference between medical terminology and jargon?

    • A.

      Jargon is abbreviations, whereas medical terminology is all the words in full.

    • B.

      Jargon is language that is used or understood by only a select group of people whereas medical terminology is accepted within the broader medical community.

    • C.

      Medical terminology is language that is used or understood by only a select group of people whereas jargon is accepted within the broader medical community.

    • D.

      Jargon is "street talk" language that is used by people who have no medical knowledge whereas medical terminology is for the educated.

    Correct Answer
    B. Jargon is language that is used or understood by only a select group of people whereas medical terminology is accepted within the broader medical community.
    Explanation
    Jargon refers to language that is specific to a particular group, often understood only by those within that group. In the context of the question, jargon in the medical field would be terms and phrases that are used and understood by healthcare professionals. On the other hand, medical terminology encompasses all the words and phrases used in the medical field, including both jargon and commonly understood terms. Medical terminology is accepted and recognized within the broader medical community, whereas jargon may only be understood by a select group of individuals within that community.

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  • 4. 

    Why is it critical to ensure that the medical terminology you use is correct? (More than one answer)

    • A.

      So that mistakes aren't made with medications

    • B.

      So that advice to patients is accurate

    • C.

      So that people think you are a doctor

    • D.

      So that you don't make mistakes in regard to treatment

    • E.

      So that a professional image is presented

    • F.

      So that people in the waiting room don't know what you are talking about

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. So that mistakes aren't made with medications
    B. So that advice to patients is accurate
    D. So that you don't make mistakes in regard to treatment
    E. So that a professional image is presented
    Explanation
    It is critical to ensure that the medical terminology you use is correct because it helps to prevent mistakes with medications, ensuring patient safety. Using accurate terminology also ensures that the advice given to patients is accurate, preventing any misinformation or confusion. Additionally, correct medical terminology is important to avoid making mistakes in regard to treatment, as using incorrect terms could lead to incorrect diagnoses or procedures. Lastly, using correct terminology helps to present a professional image, showing competence and expertise in the medical field.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following are circumstances where it is essential that you understand medical terminology? (More than one answer)

    • A.

      Taking a telephone message from a Doctor

    • B.

      Taking a telephone message from a patient

    • C.

      Making an appointment with a specialist

    • D.

      When you are being asked by family or friends to interpret advice from practitioners

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Taking a telephone message from a Doctor
    B. Taking a telephone message from a patient
    C. Making an appointment with a specialist
    Explanation
    Understanding medical terminology is essential in all of the given circumstances. When taking a telephone message from a doctor or a patient, it is important to accurately understand and relay the medical information being conveyed. Similarly, when making an appointment with a specialist, knowledge of medical terminology helps in communicating the specific condition or symptoms to ensure appropriate care. Additionally, being able to interpret advice from practitioners is crucial when family or friends seek your assistance, as it requires understanding medical terminology to accurately convey the information and provide guidance.

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  • 6. 

    Which are the following are likely to be rules for answering the phone in an Allied health organisation? (More than one answer)

    • A.

      Be polite so that it reflects the culture of the organisation

    • B.

      Take notes so that you can read them later for clarification

    • C.

      Put the call on speaker phone so someone else can hear

    • D.

      Use your name so that the client can refer back to you next time they call

    • E.

      Speak clearly so that the client can understand the information you relate

    • F.

      Never ask for clarification of details because this will reflect poorly on the organisation

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Be polite so that it reflects the culture of the organisation
    B. Take notes so that you can read them later for clarification
    D. Use your name so that the client can refer back to you next time they call
    E. Speak clearly so that the client can understand the information you relate
    Explanation
    The rules for answering the phone in an Allied health organization include being polite to reflect the organization's culture, taking notes for later clarification, using your name for future reference, and speaking clearly for the client to understand the information. These guidelines ensure professionalism, effective communication, and a positive experience for the client. Asking for clarification is not mentioned as a rule, as it may not reflect poorly on the organization but rather shows a commitment to providing accurate information.

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  • 7. 

    True or False. It is important to understand the words used in a medical environment because if you don't, you will not be able to pass on messages effectively and as a result, mistakes in treatment might occur.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Understanding the words used in a medical environment is crucial because effective communication is essential in passing on messages accurately. In a medical setting, miscommunication can lead to mistakes in treatment, potentially compromising patient safety. Therefore, it is important to have a good grasp of medical terminology and terminology specific to the field to ensure clear and effective communication among healthcare professionals.

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  • 8. 

    True or False. It is highly unlikely that check-lists will be used in your organisation because it is more important that you know  what you are supposed to do than check that you have done it.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is false because check-lists are commonly used in organizations to ensure that tasks are completed accurately and efficiently. While it is important to know what needs to be done, it is equally important to verify that it has been done correctly. Check-lists provide a systematic approach to quality control and help to minimize errors and omissions.

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  • 9. 

    True or False.The abbreviation for "as soon as possible" is AASAP    

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The abbreviation for "as soon as possible" is not AASAP. The correct abbreviation for "as soon as possible" is ASAP. Therefore, the given answer that states "False" is correct.

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  • 10. 

    True or False.The abbreviation for "diagnosis" is Dx

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The abbreviation for "diagnosis" is Dx. This is a commonly used abbreviation in medical and healthcare settings to refer to the identification of a disease or condition. It is a shorthand way of representing the word "diagnosis" and is widely recognized and understood within the medical community.

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Jeanie is an Art Teacher and Academic English Language Coach, fostering artistic creativity and enhancing language proficiency for her students.

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