Patients prefer first-name terms

Australians “overwhelmingly” prefer their GP to address them by their first name, but opinions vary on how best to address the doctor back, research finds.

A survey on Queensland’s Gold Coast has found 90% of patients want to be addressed informally — by their first name only — when their GP speaks to them. Just 4% prefer to be addressed by both their title and last name.

However when the tables were turned, patients had very mixed views on how formal to be, the study found.