Physicians key to bridging the trust gap
First the bad news: Public trust in U.S. medical leaders has declined sharply over the past half century, according to a recent study in the
New England Journal of Medicine
. Now the good news: Physicians are uniquely positioned to regain public trust. While the U.S. ranks near the bottom of the list in terms of patient trust in the country's physicians, when patients are asked about their satisfaction relative to their own medical treatment, the results rank near the top, according to study data. This suggests that while patients in the U.S. generally distrust the overall medical establishment, they continue to trust their own physicians.
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