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Arch Argent Pediatr. 2011 Feb;109(1):14-7. doi: 10.1590/S0325-00752011000100005.

[Greeting modalities preferred by patients in pediatric ambulatory setting].

[Article in Spanish]

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Servicio de Clínica Pediátrica, Departamento de Pediatría, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina. alfredo.eymann@hospitalitaliano.org.ar

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The greeting is the first form of verbal and nonverbal communication and is a valuable tool to support the physician-patient relationship.

OBJECTIVE:

Assess parents and children preferences on how they want pediatricians greet and address them.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

Cross-sectional study. The population was persons accompanying patients (parents or guardians) between 1 month and 19 years old and patients older than 5 years old. A survey questionnaire was completed after the medical visit.

RESULTS:

A total of 419 surveys from patients' companions and 249 from pediatric patients were analyzed; 68% of the companions preferred the doctor addressed them by the first name, 67% liked to be greeted with a kiss on the cheek and 90% liked to be treated informally. Preferring to be greeted with a kiss on the cheek was associated in multivariate analysis with the companion was the mother, age younger than 39 years and longer time in knowing the pediatrician; 60% of the patients preferred to be addressed by their first name.

CONCLUSIONS:

In the outpatient setting patients companions and patients themselves prefer to be addressed by their name informally and be greeted with a kiss on the cheek.

PMID:
21283938
DOI:
10.1590/S0325-00752011000100005
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