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Research In Health Disparities

Measuring Trust in Health Care Study

This is a study to examine the validity of the psychometric properties of a new measure of trust/mistrust of medical care systems.Trust is the foundation of the interrelationships that make civil society possible and the importance of trust within health care is no less critical. Patients are inherently vulnerable within medical encounters and must be trustful of the multiple institutional entities and individuals involved in their care. Patients must trust that individual health care providers are competent and will have their best interests in mind while making treatment decisions.They must trust that the pharmaceutical companies have developed effective drugs and that the regulatory agencies have adequately monitored them. And, they must trust that the health care organization and that its staff will manage their medical information with discretion and confidentiality.