Survey: Majority of pediatric ophthalmologists opt out of wearing white coats

PHILADELPHIA — White coats are one of the most frequent images associated with physicians, dating back to the late 1800s, but most pediatric ophthalmologists do not choose to wear them, according to a speaker here. Even though parents and patients may prefer the physician wear a white coat, most pediatric ophthalmologists do not wear them to avoid risk of spreading infection, Caroline N. DeBenedictis, MD, said at the Wills Eye Institute Annual Conference.

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