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Comment & Response
August 27, 2019

Physicians’ Trust in Patients

Author Affiliations
  • 1Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California
JAMA. 2019;322(8):782. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.9169

To the Editor A Viewpoint1 proposed several benefits of mutual trust between physicians and patients, including improved diagnosis, greater patient engagement, higher physician satisfaction, and better patient care. While there are good reasons to expect these benefits, there has been little done to document these associations and virtually no research to investigate the possible causal relationship between physician trust and processes and outcomes of patient care. Nor has anyone examined the relationship between patient trust in physicians and physician trust in patients, or between physician trust in patients and patient perception of being trusted.