Keeping up appearances: What patients think of your dress sense

Slip into something more comfortable GPs, because formal attire inspires no more trust from your patients than casual dress.

That’s the message from University of NSW researchers, whose study of 128 patients found that male clinicians wearing chinos and a polo shirt were judged to be just as credible as those wearing a suit and tie.

“Our work suggests that in healthcare communication, substance is more important than physical appearance,” the study authors said.