Many patients arc influenced by how doctors and students present themselves. The medical profession retains a respected si at us in society. People may be put off if their doctor does not conform to iheir expectations. Invariably different people have different preconceptions of how they expect clinicians to behave and to dress. In hospital, patients and relatives appreciate doctors, and other hospital staff, who wear a badge which provides their name and clinical status. Many would like to meet doctors who dress smartly, whether or not they wear a white coal, and to be addressed b\ their title and surname. Others may prefer a more informal approach, especially in primary care. Informality may be a sign of a close and friendh relationship, hut. if misplaced, runs the risk of losing respect. Informality can be a positive therapeutic force, particularly in the long-term management of patients with chronic disease, in the ease of the dying and the support of the bereaved. The development of the doctor patient relationship should be in response to the patient's needs. Doctors who behave and dress naturally are often successful at establishing good professional relationships.
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