Understanding the role of physician attire on patient perceptions: a systematic review of the literature— targeting attire to improve likelihood of rapport (TAILOR) investigators
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    Re:Bare below the elbows
    • Christopher M. Petrilli, Chief Medical Resident
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      • Jennifer J. Petrilli, Sanjay Saint, and Vineet Chopra

    We thank Drs Wood and Keenan for their correspondence about our systematic review.[1] We agree that physician attire should not serve as a surrogate for medical knowledge or competence. We did review your referenced study [2] as part of our systematic review. However, we could not include these data since it included pediatric patients (which was an exclusion criteria for our review).

    Given the current state of...

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    Bare below the elbows

    Thank you for your fantastic review. As you note [1]: finally, it is important to remember that sartorial style is but skin-deep and not a surrogate for medical knowledge or competence. Even the best-dressed physicians are likely to fare poorly in the eyes of their patients if medical expertise is perceived absent.

    We asked this question directly [2] and from our research it is our opinion that rather than get...

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