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RMJ. 2019; 44(4): 807-813


Patient preferences for doctor attire: A cross-sectional study in Islamabad, Pakistan

Farah Gul, Saba Savul, Saima Perwaiz Iqbal, Zahid Naeem, Nismat Javed.

Abstract
Objective: To determine patient preferences for doctor attire in a tertiary care hospital of Islamabad, Pakistan.
Methodology: Using a cross-sectional study design, a total of 120 participants were selected using systematic random sampling from Shifa Falahi clinic, Shifa International hospital, Islamabad. An interview based pre-tested semi structured questionnaire consisting of both open and close ended questions was used for data collection. Data were analysed using SPSS version 23.
Results: Out of 120 patients, 89 (74.2%) were female and 31 (25.8%) male. Out of these, 115 (95.8%) preferred white coats and name tags on them. Around 95 (79.1%) believed that doctors clothing was important to generate respect from patients while 74 (61.7%) stated that it affects their decision to be treated by them. The most preferred attire for male doctors was western attire with white coat (48.3%) and the most desired attire for female doctors was national attire with white coat (40%).
Conclusion: Our results highlight patient views regarding their preferred physician attire, which can serve as a guide to improve patientsí respect and enhance confidence in doctors in Pakistan.

Key words: Physician attire, doctor attire, physician clothing, patient trust, patient preferences.


 
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Gul F, Savul S, Iqbal SP, Naeem Z, Javed N, . Patient preferences for doctor attire: A cross-sectional study in Islamabad, Pakistan. RMJ. 2019; 44(4): 807-813.


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Gul F, Savul S, Iqbal SP, Naeem Z, Javed N, . Patient preferences for doctor attire: A cross-sectional study in Islamabad, Pakistan. RMJ. (2019), [cited March 30, 2020]; 44(4): 807-813.



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Gul, F. ., Savul, S. ., Iqbal, S. P., Naeem, Z. ., Javed, N. . & (2019) Patient preferences for doctor attire: A cross-sectional study in Islamabad, Pakistan. RMJ, 44 (4), 807-813.



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Gul, Farah , Saba Savul, Saima Perwaiz Iqbal, Zahid Naeem, Nismat Javed, and . 2019. Patient preferences for doctor attire: A cross-sectional study in Islamabad, Pakistan. Rawal Medical Journal, 44 (4), 807-813.



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Gul, Farah , Saba Savul, Saima Perwaiz Iqbal, Zahid Naeem, Nismat Javed, and . "Patient preferences for doctor attire: A cross-sectional study in Islamabad, Pakistan." Rawal Medical Journal 44 (2019), 807-813.



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Gul, Farah , Saba Savul, Saima Perwaiz Iqbal, Zahid Naeem, Nismat Javed, and . "Patient preferences for doctor attire: A cross-sectional study in Islamabad, Pakistan." Rawal Medical Journal 44.4 (2019), 807-813. Print.



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Gul, F. ., Savul, S. ., Iqbal, S. P., Naeem, Z. ., Javed, N. . & (2019) Patient preferences for doctor attire: A cross-sectional study in Islamabad, Pakistan. Rawal Medical Journal, 44 (4), 807-813.








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