An evidence-based approach to physician etiquette in pediatric ophthalmology

Ashvini Reddy, David K. Coats, Kimberly G. Yen

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Purpose: Little objective evidence exists to guide physician etiquette in pediatric ophthalmology. This article describes the preferences of families visiting a pediatric ophthalmology clinic for the first time. Methods: Review of 149 questionnaires completed by the families of patients visiting a pediatric ophthalmology clinic in a tertiary care center. The Fisher exact and chi-square tests were used to compare subpopulations. Results: Most respondents preferred that their physician wear a white coat. Men preferred a handshake to a verbal greeting (P = .0264) and professional to business casual attire for both male and female physicians (P = .01, both). African-American parents were more likely to prefer being addressed by surname than other races (P = .008). No statistically significant differences were found comparing the preferences of parents with an advanced education (bachelor and graduate degrees) to those without. Conclusion: Pediatric ophthalmologists may wish to consider wearing white coats and business casual attire in clinic and addressing parents informally as "mom" or "dad" or by their first name, although etiquette should ultimately be determined on an individual patient basis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)336-339
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Volume48
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Ophthalmology
Pediatrics
Physicians
Parents
Graduate Education
Chi-Square Distribution
Tertiary Care Centers
African Americans
Names
Surveys and Questionnaires

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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An evidence-based approach to physician etiquette in pediatric ophthalmology. / Reddy, Ashvini; Coats, David K.; Yen, Kimberly G.

In: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Vol. 48, No. 6, 11.2011, p. 336-339.

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Reddy, Ashvini ; Coats, David K. ; Yen, Kimberly G. / An evidence-based approach to physician etiquette in pediatric ophthalmology. In: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2011 ; Vol. 48, No. 6. pp. 336-339.
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