Table 2

Respondent preferences for physician attire (by setting)

Preference for physician attire (by Setting)Total no (%)
Which doctor would you prefer for your primary care physician?n=3959
 Casual133 (3)
 Casual and white coat417 (11)
 Scrubs201 (5)
 Scrubs and white coat586 (15)
 Formal610 (15)
 Formal and white coat1758 (44)
 Business suit254 (6)
Which doctor would you prefer to see when visiting the emergency room?n=3966
 Casual54 (1)
 Casual and white coat240 (6)
 Scrubs1577 (40)
 Scrubs and white coat1351 (34)
 Formal113 (3)
 Formal and white coat592 (15)
 Business suit39 (1)
Which doctor would you prefer when in the hospital?n=3946
 Casual61 (2)
 Casual and white coat351 (9)
 Scrubs412 (10)
 Scrubs and white coat1126 (29)
 Formal280 (7)
 Formal and white coat1546 (39)
 Business suit170 (4)
Which doctor would you prefer for your surgeon?n=3952
 Casual32 (1)
 Casual and white coat151 (4)
 Scrubs1648 (42)
 Scrubs and white coat926 (23)
 Formal150 (4)
 Formal and white coat824 (21)
 Business suit221 (6)
Overall, which clothes do you feel your doctor should wear?n=3924
 Casual60 (2)
 Casual and white coat292 (7)
 Scrubs329 (8)
 Scrubs and white coat1013 (26)
 Formal340 (9)
 Formal and white coat1708 (44)
 Business suit182 (5)