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Patient Confidence Starts with Trust

Trust is central to all human relationships and, in the context of a setting characterised by vulnerability such as in a clinical consultation, may be considered as the belief of the individual placing their trust that the trustee will care for their best interests. As a component of the doctor–patient relationship, trust stems from the patient’s beliefs that the doctor is their ally and is competent in both clinical and interpersonal skills. Patients’ trust in their general practitioner (GP) underpins the delivery of effective clinical encounters.

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