Executive Health Administration

Maria Lattouf Abou Atmi

Maria is a Master in Public Diplomacy student at USC Annenberg.
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White Coats and Open Robes: Is There Any Room for Empathy?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 8, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Maria Lattouf Abou Atmi posted in Psychological Sciences

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The New York Times recently published an article about how quintessential white coats and billowing gowns characterize doctors and patients. Not all doctors wear those coats, but physicians that do often only change their coats every few weeks, giving garments plenty of time to harbor bacteria. The bacteria then comes into contact with patients. Some hospitals have followed the example of Britain and outlawed the white coats, but others keep them on, if only for the convenience of having pockets.

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