Patients are more likely to have trust and confidence in doctors who are wearing either suits or white coats, compared to those in casual attire, according to a new analysis by the University of Michigan Health System.

The exception is during an emergency situation, however, in which case clothes don’t seem to matter very much.

The researchers also found that age and culture makes a difference in how a person feels about a doctor’s attire. In general, Europeans and Asians of any age, and Americans over age 50, trusted a formally dressed doctor more, while Americans in Generation X and Y tended to be more accepting of casually dressed doctors.

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