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May 10, 2004

Trust: Can We Create the Time?

Arch Intern Med. 2004;164(9):930-932. doi:10.1001/archinte.164.9.930

Beneficence, confidentiality, and compassion are tenets of our profession and qualities that engender trust. Most, if not all, physicians believe that developing trust with their patients is essential to good clinical outcomes. We are not surprised when research validates this precept by showing that patient understanding, satisfaction, and compliance are better when the patient trusts the physician.1,2