Survey measures white coat effect for dermatologists

04/19/2011 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A survey published earlier this month in the Archives of Dermatology found 54% of adult patients want their dermatologist to wear a traditional white lab coat in the office, though that number is more than halved for parents taking their children to see a pediatric dermatologist. University of Michigan Medical School dermatologist Dr. Charles Ellis said while the coat may have a calming effect for some, doctors should be sure to launder their coats regularly -- at least once every three days -- to avoid the spread of bacteria.

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