Center for Bioethics Papers

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Journal Article

Date of this Version

July 2002


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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Date Posted: 12 March 2007

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