The White Coat and the Physician: A Snapshot of the Physicians’ Perspective

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The White Coat and the Physician: A Snapshot of the Physicians’ Perspective

February 18, 2020 Uncategorized 0

Background: The white coat is synonymous with medical profession and helps for easy identification by patients and colleagues.

Objectives: The objective of this study is to determine doctors’ perception on mode of dressing of their colleagues, especially wearing of white coats and its influence on the well being of their patients.

Methods: A structured self administered questionnaire was used to collect information from the doctors of all carder in the hospital during the study period. Three photographs, a man with corporate attire and tie without ward coat and the same man with corporate attire and tie with a white coat and same man with casual dressing, were shown to the doctors, and were asked which of the three pictures they would like a doctor to dress.  

Results: Majority 200 (72.5%) of the respondents had a white coat on as at the time they were filling the questionnaire while only 76 (27.5%) were not putting on lab coat. Also 202 (75.9%) of the respondents are of the opinion that a doctor should always put on shirt, tie and trouser with a white covering lab coat. Most 76 (35.68%) of those who supported the opinion suggested that the white coat protects the doctors/or their families as their reason.

Conclusion: White coats were seen as the most appropriate dress code for doctors, regardless of gender. Low ranked doctors however wear the white coat more than high ranked ones. Furthermore the type of clothing and accessories used by physicians (physician dressed on shirt, tie and trousers with a white covering lab coat) has a positive influence on physician-patient relationship.

Author(s) Details

Herbert A. Obu
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria/University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku- Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria.

Josephat M. Chinawa
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria/University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku- Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria.

Pius C. Manyike
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Nigeria.

Ikechukwu E. Obi
Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria/University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria.

Ikenna K. Ndu
Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, ESUT Teaching Hospital, Enugu State, Nigeria.

 P. O. Nkwo
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria.

Awoere Tamunosiki Chinawa
Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria/University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria.

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