Data from: “Please don’t call me Mister”: patient preferences of how they are addressed and their knowledge of their treating medical team in an Australian hospital
Parsons, Shaun R.; Hughes, Andrew J.; Friedman, N. Deborah (2015), Data from: “Please don’t call me Mister”: patient preferences of how they are addressed and their knowledge of their treating medical team in an Australian hospital, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.75777
Objectives: To investigate how patients prefer to be addressed by healthcare providers and to assess their knowledge of their attending medical team's identity in an Australian Hospital. Setting: Single-centre, large tertiary hospital in Australia. Participants: 300 inpatients were included in the survey. Patients were selected in a sequential, systematic and whole-ward manner. Participants were excluded with significant cognitive impairment, non-English speaking, under the age of 18 years or were too acutely unwell to participate. The sample demographic was predominately an older population of Anglo-Saxon background. Primary and secondary outcome measures: Patients preferred mode of address from healthcare providers including first name, title and second name, abbreviated first name or another name. Whether patients disliked formal address of title and second name. Secondarily, patient knowledge of their attending medical team members name and role and if correct, what position within the medical hierarchy they held. Results: Over 99% of patients prefer informal address with greater than one-third having a preference to being called a name other than their legal first name. 57% of patients were unable to correctly name a single member of their attending medical team. Conclusions: These findings support patient preference of informal address; however, healthcare providers cannot assume that a documented legal first name is preferred by the patient. Patient knowledge of their attending medical team is poor and suggests current introduction practices are insufficient.