Trusted relationships between patients and their physicians are a timeless foundation of medical practice. In keeping with tradition and formalized codes of professional conduct, physicians are expected to put the needs of their patients ahead of their own; provide care irrespective of race, socioeconomic status, or religious beliefs; maintain confidentiality; and act with diligence, care, and competence.1 Commensurate with the fundamental importance of the patient-physician relationship, a vast body of research and extensive educational requirements focus on this issue.
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Frankel RM, Tilden VP, Suchman A. Physicians’ Trust in One Another. JAMA. Published online March 22, 2019321(14):1345–1346. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.20569
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