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    Doctors' Dress Code Under Scrutiny

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    Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, conducted a study of what patients think of doctors who dress more casually compared to those in traditional medical doctor attire.

    Some doctors have dress codes preventing them from wearing long sleeves or a hanging tie.

    Stephanie Dancer, a hospital consultant in the United Kingdom thinks that this has led to doctors dressing too casually.

    Six years ago, the UK passed regulations about what doctors can wear, in an attempt to prevent cross contamination, or passing of germs on the doctor’s clothes.

    Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, conducted a study of what patients think of doctors who dress more casually compared to those in traditional medical doctor attire.

    The study showed 400 participants four pictures of doctors in different clothes ranging from a white lab coat with a shirt and tie, to scrubs, or a t-shirt, jeans and a stethoscope.

    Over 76 percent of participants said they would prefer to have the professionally dressed doctor help them, and the majority said they would feel more comfortable sharing personal information with the doctor that was more professional looking.

    In 2002, study results showed the 98 percent of doctors in Australia don’t wear white coats.

    What people consider appropriate for a doctor to wear while they’re working varies regionally around the world.