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Indian J Med Ethics. 2015 Jul-Sep;12(3):129-30.

Trust, trustworthiness and health.

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Professor of Bioethics and Director, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM), University of Sydney, Level 1, Medical Foundation Building, 92-94 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, Sydney, Australia,


Trust is an essential component of good healthcare. If patients trust their physicians, then the relationship between them can be a richer and more meaningful one. The patient is more likely to feel confident and able to disclose symptoms, helping diagnosis and future care. If public health and community workers are trusted, not only is it likely that their work will be easier, in that their actions will be respected and accepted, but their advice will also be sought spontaneously. Trust, can, therefore, be thought of as something that is of benefit to all: healthcare workers, individuals and communities. Trust is, generally, something to be prized and we need to do anything we can to strengthen it.

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