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Influence of Apparel on the Doctor - Patient Relationship.

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dc.contributor.author Connolly, Clay
dc.contributor.author Cvetkoski, Jason
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-15T01:16:48Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-15T01:16:48Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2323/6082
dc.description This paper is submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Optometry. 19 pages. en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: There are a large number of factors that influence the doctor-patient relationship, one of which being the doctor’s attire during their interactions. There has been very little research done in the area of influence of a doctor’s attire. This study will evaluate the patient perception and effects of attire on the doctor - patient relationship. Methods: Participants completed a survey after evaluating pictures of the same optometrist dressed in 4 of the most common clinic outfits. The surveys were completed by patients seen at the University Eye Center at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Results: Data analysis shows findings for biases patients form about a doctor based upon their attire. Inferences of interest include: trustworthiness, level of knowledge, how personable the clinician is, and their level of experience. Discussion: The study confirmed that patients will form different opinions and act differently towards their doctor based upon what they are wearing. Different outfits resulted in different outcomes. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries UA 29;
dc.subject Optometry practice management. en_US
dc.subject Patient-doctor relationship. en_US
dc.subject Optometrist attire. en_US
dc.subject Durkee, David. O.D. Faculty advisor. en_US
dc.title Influence of Apparel on the Doctor - Patient Relationship. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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