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Patient Preferences of Breast Radiologists' Attire and Appearance.

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Nguyen, DL; Yoon, SC; Baker, JA; Destounis, SV; Grimm, LJ
Published in: Acad Radiol
October 30, 2023

RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: To assess patient preferences for breast radiologists' attire and appearance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A multi-institutional anonymous, voluntary 19-question survey was administered to patients undergoing screening and diagnostic mammography examinations over a 5-week period. Using a 5-point Likert scale, respondents were asked about their preferences for gender-neutral attire (white coat), male-presenting attire (scrubs, dress shirt with tie, or dress shirt without tie), and female-presenting attire (scrubs, dress, blouse with pants, and blouse with skirt). Patient responses were compared to demographic data using bivariable analysis and multivariable regression. RESULTS: Response rate was 84.7% (957/1130). Mean respondent age was 57.2 years±11.9. Most respondents agreed/strongly agreed that the breast radiologist's appearance mattered (52.5%, 502/956) followed by being indifferent (28.1%, 269/956). Respondents with greater education levels felt less strongly (p=0.001) about the radiologist's appearance: 63.3% (70/110) less than college cared about appearance compared to 53.5% (266/497) college/vocational and 47.4% (165/348) graduate. Most respondents felt indifferent about a breast radiologist wearing a white coat (68.9%, 657/954) or about male-presenting breast radiologists wearing a tie (77.1%, 734/952) without significant demographic differences. Almost all respondents either prefer/strongly prefer (60.1%, 572/951) or were indifferent (39.6%, 377/951) to all breast radiologists wearing scrubs when performing procedures. While respondents approved of all attire choices overall, most respondents preferred scrubs for both male- and female-presenting breast radiologists (64.0%, 612/957 and 64.9%, 621/957, respectively). CONCLUSION: A variety of breast radiologists' attire can be worn while maintaining provider professionalism and without compromising patient expectations.

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Acad Radiol

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1878-4046

Publication Date

October 30, 2023

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United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
  • 1103 Clinical Sciences
 

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Nguyen, D. L., Yoon, S. C., Baker, J. A., Destounis, S. V., & Grimm, L. J. (2023). Patient Preferences of Breast Radiologists' Attire and Appearance. Acad Radiol. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2023.10.012
Nguyen, Derek L., Sora C. Yoon, Jay A. Baker, Stamatia V. Destounis, and Lars J. Grimm. “Patient Preferences of Breast Radiologists' Attire and Appearance.Acad Radiol, October 30, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2023.10.012.
Nguyen DL, Yoon SC, Baker JA, Destounis SV, Grimm LJ. Patient Preferences of Breast Radiologists' Attire and Appearance. Acad Radiol. 2023 Oct 30;
Nguyen, Derek L., et al. “Patient Preferences of Breast Radiologists' Attire and Appearance.Acad Radiol, Oct. 2023. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.acra.2023.10.012.
Nguyen DL, Yoon SC, Baker JA, Destounis SV, Grimm LJ. Patient Preferences of Breast Radiologists' Attire and Appearance. Acad Radiol. 2023 Oct 30;
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Published In

Acad Radiol

DOI

EISSN

1878-4046

Publication Date

October 30, 2023

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
  • 1103 Clinical Sciences