Professional Appearance Does Matter

Physicians in intensive care are faced with the harsh reality of earning trust with new patients every single day. The first time they read a patient’s name may be the first time they ever meet. The people that are most concerned are the loved ones sitting in the waiting room anxious to hear how their child or friend is doing. These loved ones have to make serious decisions with a new doctor they’ve known for maybe a few minutes.

In a recent study released at the beginning of February by JAMA Internal Medicine, physician’s appearance and how they present themselves holds a lot for the respect of the patient and their family.

Here are some key findings from the survey:

  • 65% of participants said neat grooming was key;
  • 59% liked seeing the physician professionally dressed;
  • And about 1/3 of participants said “no” to tattoos and piercings.