Poll: Families rate factors that influence perception of doctor

02/20/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A survey in JAMA Internal Medicine showed 73% of family members of ICU patients said it's essential that a physician have an easy-to-read name tag in an initial meeting, while 65% said neat grooming and 59% said dressing professionally were important. A doctor's lack of tattoos and piercings also was an important factor for about a third of respondents, researchers noted.

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