Suit and tie or chinos and a polo? Patients don't care

FORMAL attire inspires no more trust from patients than casual dress, an Australian study shows.

Patients view a male doctor dressed in chinos and a polo shirt to be just as credible as one dressed in a suit and tie.

Researchers from the University of NSW randomised 128 patients with low back pain into two groups - one saw a GP dressed formally; the other saw a GP dressed casually.

Formal attire had no effect on perceived treatment credibility.

The message? Dress how you like.