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Ann Med Res. 2010; 17(1): 1-6

Peoples Contemplating and Attitude About the White Coat of Physicians

  H. Meltem Sönmez*, Bilgehan Yollu*, Levent Sevinçok**.






Objective: Clothes are very functional on the effectiveness of the persons. It is not well investigated that the effect of the physician’s white coat to their patient. Our aim was to find out the contemplating and attitude of peoples about the physician’s white coat in Aydın City of Turkey.

Method: We reached 443 people by a categorized and randomized sampling method at the hospitals and drugstores in Aydın City and around. We offered them to fill out a specific questioner. They would not be written their name on this questioner but all of them signed that form.

Results: All people we reached are participated in our study. Their age were between the 15-87 (mean 37, 27±13, 17) years and they was 250 women (56,4%) and 193 (43,6%) men. While the 67,1% of them declared that they not effected by the white coat of their physicians, 49,2% of them declared that the white coat of their physicians were not important. In spite of this findings 65,4% of participants said “yes”, 25% of participants said “it’s not matter” and 9,6% of them said “not” as an answer to our last question “must your physician wear white coat or not”. These findings were not different between the sex groups but we saw that the psychological effects of the white coat were increasing parallel with the educational level of the person.

Conclusion: According to our results and the related literature, it is concluded that to conduct more detailed studies on this topic are needed.

Kew Words: White Coat, Patient, Clinic, Hypertension, Physician

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