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Clinical Trials Update
May 25, 2021

Clear Surgical Masks Create More Positive Interactions With Patients

JAMA. 2021;325(20):2039. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.6793

Removing the barrier that surgical masks create can help protect the patient-physician relationship during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the authors of a trial in JAMA Surgery.

New surgical outpatients were randomly assigned to a surgeon wearing either a clear mask or a covered mask. Fifteen surgeons at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, participated in the trial, which enrolled 200 patients.