Impact of physician attire on patients’ impression of their gynecologist: Results from a large single-center survey analysis

Jose Carugno, Douglas Timmons, Mary Grady, Madeline Lederer, Agnese Maria Chiara Rapisarda, Antonio Simone Laganà

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Objective: To assess the impact of physician attire in a gynecology office setting on a patient's level of trust and perception regarding medical advice, performing vaginal exams, and physician's ability to perform major and minor procedures. Study design: Cross sectional anonymous survey at a large academic medical center. The survey was distributed to 200 patients of a single-physician gynecology office, between January 1st 2018 and March 31st 2018. The survey contained an image depicting a hypothetical gynecologist and hypothetical questions regarding clinical situations. Participants were asked to answer which doctor from the image shown they preferred for a given scenario. Results: White coat was reported to be preferred physician attire in almost every clinical situation (p < 0.05). There were only two clinical scenarios, a gynecologic emergency (p < 0.01) and in the setting of major surgery (p < 0.07), in which patients did not have a preference for the gynecologist wearing a white coat. Attire did not have a significant effect on respondent's perception of the gynecologist's knowledge, level of compassion, authority, or ability to communicate. Conclusion: The majority of patients preferred a physician wearing a white coat in the presented gynecologic scenarios, with the exception of gynecologic emergencies and gynecologic surgery, in which surgical scrubs were preferred.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-270
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
StatePublished - Nov 2020


  • Gynecology
  • Patient perception
  • Patient trust
  • Physician attire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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