How clear plastic masks are better than surgical ones

Study shows patients prefer to see their doctor’s face, but surgeons aren't so keen

Patients prefer to see their doctor’s face, suggests a study showing surgeons are considered more trustworthy and empathetic when wearing a clear plastic mask compared to a standard surgical one.

Normal mask vs clear mask. Photo: UNC School of Medicine.

In the US study patients rated their surgeons significantly higher in providing understandable explanations, demonstrating empathy and eliciting trust if

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