Table 4

Opinion regarding importance and appropriateness of physician attire in different settings by gender and age, n=834

Opinions regarding influence and appropriateness of physician dressGender; N (%)P valueAge (years); N (%)P value
 MaleFemale<65≥65
How my doctor dresses is important to me.n=498n=3020.128n=672n=1340.047
 Strongly disagree/disagree172 (34)85 (28)222 (33)35 (26)
 Neither agree nor disagree158 (32)98 (32)219 (33)38 (28)
 Agree/strongly agree168 (34)119 (39)231 (34)61 (46)
How my doctor dresses influence how happy I am with the care I receive.n=497n=3020.638n=671n=1330.001
 Strongly disagree/disagree282 (57)169 (56)395 (59)58 (44)
 Neither agree nor disagree99 (20)68 (22)137 (20)30 (22)
 Agree/strongly agree116 (23)65 (22)139 (21)45 (34)
It is appropriate for a doctor to dress casually when seeing patients over the weekend.n=492n=2990.008n=663n=1340.027
 Strongly disagree/disagree130 (26)109 (36)212 (32)28 (21)
 Neither agree nor disagree87 (18)52 (18)119 (18)24 (18)
 Agree/strongly agree275 (56)138 (46)332 (50)82 (61)
Doctors should wear a white coat when seeing patients in their office.n=497n=3020.368n=671n=1340.559
 Strongly disagree/disagree146 (29)89 (30)200 (30)37 (28)
 Neither agree nor disagree112 (23)56 (18)144 (22)25 (19)
 Agree/strongly agree239 (48)157 (52)327 (48)72 (54)
Doctors should wear a white coat when seeing patients in the emergency department.n=496n=3000.073n=668n=1340.370
 Strongly disagree/disagree72 (14)27 (9)89 (13)12 (9)
 Neither agree nor disagree45 (9)28 (9)61 (9)12 (9)
 Agree/strongly agree379 (76)245 (82)518 (78)110 (82)
Doctors should wear a white coat when seeing patients in the hospital.n=497n=3000.145n=670n=1330.284
 Strongly disagree/disagree63 (13)30 (10)81 (12)12 (9)
 Neither agree nor disagree83 (17)39 (13)110 (16)17 (13)
 Agree/strongly agree351 (71)231 (77)479 (72)104 (78)
Doctors should always wear a white coat when seeing patients in any setting.n=497n=3030.085n=672n=1340.006
 Strongly disagree/disagree211 (42)127 (42)294 (44)46 (34)
 Neither agree nor disagree134 (27)64 (21)172 (26)28 (21)
 Agree/strongly agree152 (31)112 (37)206 (31)60 (45)