Impact of military physician rank and appearance on patient perceptions of clinical competency in a primary care setting.

  title={Impact of military physician rank and appearance on patient perceptions of clinical competency in a primary care setting.},
  author={R. Trowbridge and Ryan D Pearson},
  journal={Military medicine},
  volume={178 9},
The patient-physician interaction is an important aspect of primary care medicine. Few studies have investigated the military specific factors that influence these interactions. Using a cross-sectional survey, we evaluated the impact of physician rank and attire on a patient's confidence in their physician's medical abilities and willingness to disclose personal information. Patient perception was assessed in the domains of (1) confidence in physician's medical abilities and (2) comfort… 
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