Should doctors wear white coats?

Med J Aust. 2001 Apr 2;174(7):343-4. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2001.tb143310.x.


The wearing of white coats by hospital doctors is becoming a rarity, making it difficult for patients to identify doctors from other hospital staff. I asked patients with cancer whether they thought that doctors, both junior and senior, should wear white coats. Only a minority disapproved.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Australia
  • Clothing*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Staff, Hospital*
  • Middle Aged
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Physicians*
  • Symbolism