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Geraldine Jones, M.D., is to see a 32-year-old patient, John Smith, whom she has never talked with before. Upon entering the patient's room, which of the following is the most appropriate introduction the physician can make?

A. "Hello, I'm Dr. Jones."

B. "Hello, John."

C. "John, I'm Dr. Jones."

D. "Mr. Smith, I'm Dr. Jones."

E. "Mr. Smith, I'm Geraldine."


choice d :?:




The correct answer is D. Communication with patients should be leveling. That is, if the physician expects to be addressed using a title, then the patient should also be addressed with a title.
Choices B, C, and E are not correct because there is no leveling. In choice B, the physician is not identified.


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