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See-through surgical masks help put people at ease

It makes sense. Clearly the person in the box below wearing the clear mask is much more approachable. Read the research below.

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Read the research – Effect of Clear vs. Standard Covered Masks on Communication With Patients During Surgical Clinic Encounters JAMA Research article

Key Points

Question  What is the effect of clear and covered masks on communication in the surgeon-patient relationship?

Findings  In this randomized clinical trial of 200 patients, when surgeons wore clear masks rather than standard covered masks, patients rated their surgeon significantly higher in providing understandable explanations, demonstrating empathy, and eliciting trust.

Meaning  Patients reported improved communication when surgeons donned a clear mask, suggesting that not seeing the surgeon’s face may have negative consequences for the surgeon-patient relationship.

Ms. Jenn Landers | Patient Advocate Alliance LLC
Edited by Dr. Justin Groode

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