What’s in a name?
Evidence has suggested that when senior doctors are less approachable, junior staff are less likely to raise safety issues. There are limited existing data on whether the name by which junior doctors address their seniors reflects approachability and if this varies between grade and specialties.
An online survey was conducted in a large teaching hospital. Respondents were asked about their use of first names when addressing consultants and whether they felt this reflected their perceptions of the consultants' approachability.
Throughout all specialties, the majority of junior doctors consider the consultants that they address informally to be more approachable.
You can read more here https://www.rcpjournals.org/content/clinmedicine/20/4/e48
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