Effect of attire and appearance of a paediatrician on parents
Jitendra J Solanki, Yogesh N Parikh, Mitul B. Kalathia, Vaidehi Vaghela
Objective: To study the ideas of parents about dressing and attire of the paediatrician.
Design: Cross-sectional study.
Subjects: We recruited 400 indoor patients admitted at paediatrics department (Parents/guardians were the respondent for the questions asked) from the tertiary care teaching hospital. We obtained a written informed consent as we approach the subjects. After obtaining the consent subjects was provided with the questionnaire Performa and responses were noted.
Main outcome measures: parents’/guardians’ and response to the questions and analyse their opinion regarding attire and appearance of paediatricians.
Results: Most of the parents recommended traditional dresses, favourably with suits and tie, they prefer full sleeve apron along with stethoscope and name plate, there is favourable response for wearing jeans and sleeveless, which is in contrast with previous views of traditional dressing, but T-shirts are still less preferred as are very colourful fancy dresses.
Conclusions: Parents prefer their Pediatrician to wear formal dresses along with apron and some conservative items; however they are now liberal for jeans and sleeveless which saws changed views of parents along with changes in fashion over a period of time.