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This study evaluated the association between trust in health care providers and prior health care experiences, structural characteristics of health care, and sociodemographic factors in a national survey of 954 African Americans and whites. African Americans were significantly more likely than whites to report low levels of trust in health care providers. While fewer quality interactions with health care providers were associated with low levels of trust among both African Americans and whites, African Americans whose usual source of care was not a physician's office were most likely to report low trust, whereas whites who were female and those with fewer annual health care visits were most likely to report low trust. Different factors may influence trust in health care providers among African Americans and whites.
In This Issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(8):827. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.8.827
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