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Pilot Study: Does the White Coat Influence Research Participation?
Center for Bioethics Papers
  • Jon F Merz, University of Pennsylvania
  • Timothy R Rebbeck, University of Pennsylvania
  • Pamela Sankar, University of Pennsylvania
  • Emma A Meagher, University of Pennsylvania
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In health care, the white coat symbolizes professionalism, trustworthiness, and competence; it also represents power. This suggests that the wearing of a white coat could influence the decisions of potential subjects who are asked to participate in clinic-based research.
© The Hastings Center. Reprinted by permission. This article originally appeared in IRB: Ethics and Human Research, Volume 24, Issue 4, July 2002, pages 6-8.
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Jon F Merz, Timothy R Rebbeck, Pamela Sankar and Emma A Meagher. "Pilot Study: Does the White Coat Influence Research Participation?" (2002)
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