PPE Portrait Project

Much like the mechanisms that make placebo treatments work, we know that provider warmth and competence are positively associated with health at the biological level. Personal protective equipment (PPE) signals competence; portraits could be one of the only signals of warmth for patients who have, or may have, COVID-19. PPE Portraits are disposable portrait picture stickers (4x5 inches) put on PPE that can help patients and providers form a personal connection to positively impact patient health.


For more information and additional resources, please provide your contact information here. If your institution is interested in launching PPE portraits or participating in ongoing research, please contact Cati Brown-Johnson or Mary Beth Heffernan.