Study: White Coats Inspire Patient Confidence

Posted November 29, 2016 at 2:36 pm

A recent study of patients in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research on medical apparel said patients preferred a surgeon wearing a white coat over one in business or casual clothing.

Temple University researchers asked 85 patients at an outpatient clinic to compare a series of photographs of male and female surgeons in various types of workwear. The study, excerpted in Becker’s Spine Review, said patients felt greater confidence in male or female surgeons in white coats than ones in business or casual attire. Scrubs also outscored business or casual attire.

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