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February 2020

Methodological Flaws in Improving Physician Role Identification via “Doctor” Badges—Reply

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. 2020;180(2):337-338. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.6420

In Reply Patients admitted to the hospital are frequently unable to correctly identify their physician.1 We recently reported the results of our survey2 of internal medicine residents in an academic medical center and found that female resident physicians disproportionately report higher rates of misidentification by patients, families, and other health care providers compared with male resident physicians. Distribution of badges to residents that prominently displayed “Doctor” resulted in less reported misidentification by the physicians, with 92.7% (51 of 55) of female survey respondents who wore badges reporting improvement in their day-to-day work experience.

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