Table 1

List of questions answered by patients (list A) and doctors (list B) to determine their views about the wearing of white coats

List A
Doctors should wear white coats because:
    Of tradition
    Ease of identification of doctor
    They prevent infection
    It looks more professional
Doctors should not wear white coats because:
    Of the infection risk
    They interfere in the doctor patient relationship
List B
I wear a white coat because of:
    Peer pressure
    Tradition
    The pockets for books/equipment
    Identification as doctor
    They look professional
    They prevent infection
    They keep clothes clean
I do not wear a white coat because of:
    The infection risk
    They are hot/uncomfortable
    Difficulty in obtaining one
    They interfere in the doctor-patient relationship
    Peer pressure