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Patients like more formal clothes


A study in BMJ suggests that  conservative dress — complete with the  white coat — draws a lot of patient trust, compliance and satisfaction.

The professional attire was defined  as “a collared shirt, tie, and slacks for male physicians and blouse (with or without a blazer), skirt, or suit pants for female physicians.”

The study’s lead author, Christopher Petrilli, M.D., an internal- medicine resident at the University of Michigan Health System wrote:

“Every time a patient comes in to the clinic or sees physicians on the wards, there’s a certain expectation of how their physician will dress.” The first visit is the most important, with Dr. Petrilli and his colleagues finding that patients are less concerned with  physicians’ clothing after the first visit.


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