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Emily Lind
Noel Takeuchi
Thomas Smith

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Trust in physician should help reinforce the idea of the physician-patient relationship as a partnership. Since trust is the universally accepted basis for any human interaction (Gundlach & Murphy, 1993), a patient’s trust in a physician is a precondition for successful medical care (Leisen & Hyman, 2004). Trust is also important because the relationships between patients and medical professionals concern life or death and physical wellbeing directly. In addition, the traits of the medical practice often involve uncertainty and irreversibility (Kim et al., 2018). Research shows a trusting physician-patient relationship leads to an increase in patient satisfaction, increase in the probability of treatment adherence, and an improvement in the patient’s overall health status (Pearson & Raeke, 2000). In order to increase and maintain patients’ trust in their physicians the factors which affect patient trust must be properly identified for applications in this field to move forward.

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Presented as part of the 2019 USFSP Undergraduate Research Symposium held April 16, 2019.

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Factors Associated with Trust in Primary Care Physicians

Trust in physician should help reinforce the idea of the physician-patient relationship as a partnership. Since trust is the universally accepted basis for any human interaction (Gundlach & Murphy, 1993), a patient’s trust in a physician is a precondition for successful medical care (Leisen & Hyman, 2004). Trust is also important because the relationships between patients and medical professionals concern life or death and physical wellbeing directly. In addition, the traits of the medical practice often involve uncertainty and irreversibility (Kim et al., 2018). Research shows a trusting physician-patient relationship leads to an increase in patient satisfaction, increase in the probability of treatment adherence, and an improvement in the patient’s overall health status (Pearson & Raeke, 2000). In order to increase and maintain patients’ trust in their physicians the factors which affect patient trust must be properly identified for applications in this field to move forward.