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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 3119-3123

Patients' perceptions and preferences for physicians' attire in hospitals in south western Saudi Arabia


1 Emergency Medicine, King Khalid University Medical City, Abha, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Family and Community Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia; High Institute of Public Health, Alexandria University, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt
3 Department of Family and Community Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia; Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Mansoura University, Dakahlia Governorate, Egypt
4 National Guard Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5 King Saud Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
6 Emergency Medicine, Aseer Central Hospital, Abha, Saudi Arabia
7 Medical Intern, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ahmed A Mahfouz
Department of Family and Community Medicine, King Khalid University, Guraiger, Abha 61421

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_166_20

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Purpose: Data regarding patients' perception and satisfaction about physicians providing the medical care based on their attires in Southern Region of Saudi Arabia are scarce and even lacking. The aim of this study was to assess the patients' opinion regarding the suitable attires of physicians. Materials and Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional survey was performed on a random sample of patients from Aseer Central Hospital, Southern Military Hospital and Abha Maternity Hospital. The questionnaire collected data on their perception of physicians' attire as well as reflection of dress on trust and willingness to discuss personal issues. Results: The study included 248 patients. The majority (81.9%) of the participants agreed on the importance for physicians to wear their medical attires. Also 84.3% of them confirmed that physician's appearance is important source of their confidence. Skirt plus lab coat was the most favored for female physicians (39.3%). As for male physicians, scrub plus lab coat was the most preferred (33.6%) attire. Conclusion: Patients attending hospitals in southwestern Saudi Arabia preferred for their physicians to wear formal attire with white coats, rather than the Saudi national dress. Skirt plus lab coat was the most preferred for female physicians. As for male physicians, scrub plus lab coat was the most preferred attire. Patients approved the importance for physicians to wear their medical attires and confirmed that physician's appearance is important source for their confidence. The study recommends that physicians should adopt formal attire and the institutional dress code policy should be modified to fit these preferences.


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