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Background: The use of a white coat has been less popular in some countries due to the spread of healthcare-associated infection and changing doctor-patient relationship towards provider-patient relationship.
Objective: To identify optimal physiciansâ€™ attire based on current preferences of both patients and physicians in Thailand.
Methods: This cross-sectional survey was conducted in a university hospital by distributing a questionnaire to 350 patients, 100 faculties and 100 residents during September to December 2010. The opinion on physiciansâ€™ attire were rated as a 4-points Likert scale ranging from â€œstrongly disagreeâ€ to â€œstrongly agreeâ€. The attires which were rated â€œstrongly agreeâ€ and â€œagreeâ€ from at least 75% of both patients and physicians were defined as â€œoptimal attiresâ€, 50-74% were defined as probable optimal attires, less than 50% were defined as non-optimal attires.
Results: The response rate of patients, faculties and residents were 88.3%, 50% and 73%. The optimal attires included residentsâ€™ uniform, short or long sleeved shirts, name tags, trousers, belts for males; trousers, skirts and blouses with conventional style and color for females. Suit was considered improper and neck tie was not compulsory. Patients favored white coat more than physicians. Most casual attires were not considered proper except athletic shoes for both genders in emergency situation and female sandals with conventional styles and colors.
Conclusion: The optimal attires based on patients and physiciansâ€™ preference were generally formal. Suit and neck tie were not compulsory. White coat was more preferred by patients than physicians.
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