Abbreviations Related to Medications

Document TitleFormats
BidTwice a day
PrnWhenever necessary
QEvery
QdEvery day
Q2hEvery two hours
Q3hEvery three hours
QidFour times a day
QhsEvery night
QodEvery other day
TidThree times a day

Important note: If you do not understand the directions for giving a medication to your child, call your child's health care provider or pharmacist.

Commonly Used Abbreviation

AbbreviationDefinition
ADDAttention Deficit Disorder
ADHDAttention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder
ADLActivities of Daily Living
AIDSAcquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
ArcAdvocates for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities and their Families
ATAssistive Technology
CAT ScanComputerized Axial Tomography Scan
CBCComplete Blood Count
CCMCommunity Case Management
CPCerebral Palsy
CPRCardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CSHCNChildren with Special Health Care Needs
DDDevelopmental Disability
DMEDurable Medical Equipment
DMHDepartment of Mental Health
DMRDepartment of Mental Retardation
DNRDo Not Resuscitate
DODoctor of Osteopathy
DOEDepartment of Education
DPHDepartment of Public Health
DSSDepartment of Social Services
DTADepartment of Transitional Assistance (Welfare)
DxDiagnosis
ECG or EKGElectrocardiogram
EEGElectroencephalogram
EIEarly Intervention
EMSEmergency Medical Services
ENTEar, Nose, and Throat
EOHHSExecutive Office of Health and Human Services
EPSDTEarly and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
FAPEFree and Appropriate Public Education
FTTFailure to Thrive
GIGastrointestinal
HHSHealth and Human Services
HMOHealth Maintenance Organization
I&OIntake & Output
I&RInformation & Referral
IDEAIndividuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEPIndividualized Education Program
IFSPIndividualized Family Service Plan
IHCPIndividualized Health Care Plan
IVIntravenous
IVHIntraventricular Hemorrhage
LDLearning Disability
LICSW/ LCSWLicensed (Individual) Clinical Social Worker
LRELeast Restrictive Environment
MCBMassachusetts Commission for the Blind
MCDHHMassachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
MCHMaternal and Child Health
MCOManaged Care Organization
MDMedical Doctor
MDMuscular Dystrophy
MRMental Retardation
MRCMassachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
MRIMagnetic Resonance Imaging
NICUNeonatal Intensive Care Unit
NPNurse Practitioner
NPONothing by Mouth
OCCSOffice of Child Care Services
ORLOtolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor)
OTOccupational Therapy or Occupational Therapist
PAPhysician's Assistant
PAPrior Authorization or Approval
PASSPlan for Achieving Self Support
PCAPersonal Care Attendant or Assistant
PCCPrimary Care Clinician
PCPPrimary Care Provider or Primary Care Physician
PDDPervasive Developmental Disorder
PDNPrivate Duty Nursing
Ph.D.Doctor of Philosophy (a non-medical doctor)
PICUPediatric Intensive Care Unit
PLPublic Law
PPOPreferred Provider Organization
PTPhysical Therapy or Physical Therapist
RNRegistered Nurse
RxPrescription or Treatment
SIDSSudden Infant Death Syndrome
SLPSpeech-Language Pathologist (Therapist)
SPEDSpecial Education
SSASocial Security Administration
SSISupplemental Security Income
TATechnical Assistance
TAFDCTransitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children
TANFTemporary Assistance for Needy Families
TDDTelecommunications Device for the Deaf
TPNTotal Parenteral Nutrition
TTYTelephone Typewriter
TxTreatment
URIUpper Respiratory Infection
UTIUrinary Tract Infection
WICWomen, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program