Surgeon Attire: Does What You Wear in Clinic Matter?

Condition: Osteoarthritis


Key Inclusion Criteria

  • Patients who are entering orthopaedic practices to see their physician

Key Exclusion Criteria

  • Children

Full Study Name

Surgeon Attire: Does What You Wear in Clinic Matter? (IRB no. 47609)


The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether physician attire influences patients' opinions of their doctors. The patient-physician relationship is complex, often filled with a number of intangible factors that cannot easily be measured. Previous studies have reported that physician attire may be an important factor in a patient's trust in their surgeon, confidence in their surgeon's skill and perception of their intelligence. Researchers also aim to determine regional variations and other factors that may influence perceptions of their doctors. Participants will be asked to answer a survey that will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Principal Investigator

Andrew Spitzer, MD