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We were delighted to read the recent Postgraduate Medical Journal article by Gillen et al 1 describing their explorative findings in relation to Kate Granger’s #hellomynameis campaign.2 Introducing oneself by name, along with an explanation of one’s role, is key to a positive introduction by healthcare professionals to patients, but this is often omitted.2 The ‘#hellomynameis…’ campaign was founded by Dr Kate Granger, following her experiences as a patient. She found that healthcare professionals rarely introduced themselves to her, leading Kate to feel that this missing ‘basic step in communication’ was ‘incredibly wrong’.2 Gillen and his colleagues in Ireland1 point out that there has been little research to examine how doctors (or other healthcare professionals) introduce themselves to patients. Our approach was slightly different: volunteer medical students …
Contributors TWG and DJW jointly conceptualised the letter. TWG prepared it in draft and it was edited by DJW.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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