Sydney: Doctors sporting `iconic` medical symbols like stethoscope during e-consultations seem to win their patient`s trust, says a new Australian research.The six-month e-health project was undertaken by researchers at the Curtin University Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI) and funded by Curtin`s Office of Research and Development.They investigated the process of providing e-consultations, and whether the presence of `iconic` medical symbols like a stethoscope, surgical scrubs or a reflex hammer would help doctors build a relationship of trust online.Medical e-consultations make use of electronic computing and communication technologies in the consultation processes, particularly when a client is unable to see a doctor face-to-face, the Journal of Medical Internet Research reports.In the study, a series of images portraying different combinations of medical tools were shown to 168 people who ranked them by how trustworthy they looked, according to a Curtin statement.
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