Towards a partnership of trust

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2007;127:108-16.


The relationship between doctors and patients is changing as patients live longer but with a greater incidence of chronic disease. An increase in the availability of information about health coupled with the Choice agenda and a patient-led NHS has encouraged patients to learn more about their own health. Patient access to their own GP-held records has led to the development of a Partnership of Trust whereby patients and their clinicians develop a shared understanding of their health and what each do for each other. This could potentially lead to significant patient and clinician benefits ultimately leading to better outcomes for individuals and societies.

MeSH terms

  • Access to Information*
  • Humans
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized*
  • Patient Participation
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • State Medicine
  • Trust*
  • United Kingdom