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Patients and nurses are confused by doctors’ titles, survey finds

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1950 (Published 06 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1950
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Researchers have called for a review of the titles used to describe doctors, after a survey found that nurses and patients struggled to identify qualified doctors and to grade their seniority from their name badges.

For the survey, published in BMJ Quality & Safety,1 researchers gave 114 patients and 67 nurses 11 name badges reflecting current training grade job titles used by doctors and one medical student, to see whether they knew what these meant. …

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