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May 12, 2015

Medical Professionalism and the Future of Public Trust in Physicians

Author Affiliations
  • 1Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2015;313(18):1827-1828. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.4172

The medical profession in the United States, by some measures, has much to be pleased about. Public confidence in the honesty and ethical standards of physicians has remained high for decades, even as other professions, including bankers, the clergy, and members of Congress, have endured a steady erosion in public trust. Even though physicians may not enjoy the exalted, even unquestioned, position they did in the middle of the last century, they remain among the most trusted professionals in the United States.1