Study shows how patients prefer to be addressed

ADDRESSING a patient as "Mr" could be a misdemeanor and "Miss" or "Mrs" may also miss the mark.

A new study of Australian hospital patients shows an overwhelming majority prefer to be addressed informally by their doctors.

Formal address by title (such as Mr or Mrs) followed by surname was disliked by 58.7% of 300 patients surveyed over a month at a large tertiary hospital. Just 1% nominated it as their preferred mode of address.

About two-thirds of patients prefer to be