Linking patients' trust in physicians to health outcomes

Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2008 Jan;69(1):42-6. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2008.69.1.28040.


Trust in the patient-physician relationship has been widely discussed, but in-depth and systematic analyses are scarce. A model is proposed to explore the trust-outcomes relationship by identifying the mediating effects of compliance, patient disclosure, placebo effect and physician's caring behaviour. The consequences of patients' trust in physicians and the practical implications of trust to quality patient care are presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care* / trends
  • Patient Compliance
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Quality of Health Care / trends
  • Trust*
  • Truth Disclosure