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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 21-26  

Patient-physician trust among adults of rural Tamil Nadu: A community-based survey

M Baidya1, V Gopichandran2, K Kosalram3 
1 MPH Student, School of Public Health, SRM University, Medical College, Kattankulathur, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Public Health, SRM University, Medical College, Kattankulathur, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, SRM University, Medical College, Kattankulathur, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu, India

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M Baidya
MPH Student, School of Public Health, SRM University, Medical College, Kattankulathur, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu
India

Background: Trust is the acceptance of a vulnerable situation in which the truster believes that the trustee will act in the truster«SQ»s best interests. The cornerstone of the patient-physician relationship is «DQ»trust«DQ». Despite the intensity and importance of trust relationship of patients toward their physician, the phenomenon is rarely studied in developing countries. Objective: Our study aimed to explore the concept of patient-physician trust among adults of rural Tamil Nadu to assess the factors affecting patient-physician trust relationship and patient satisfaction. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive household survey was carried out on 112 individuals selected by a multistage random sampling method. Men and women aged above 40 years who have visited a health care service at least once during the last 5 years were included in the study. Thom et al«SQ»s modification of the Anderson and Dedrick Physician Trust scale was used to measure patient trust in physician. Results: Trust is a one-dimensional construct in the surveyed population as revealed by an exploratory factor analysis which extracted one component explaining 50% of the overall variance. Trust influences patient«SQ»s self-reported satisfaction (β coefficient of 0.048; P < 0.001) and remains independent of all the other factors assessed in the study such as, age, gender, education, self-reported health status, time spent with the physician, physician«SQ»s gender, physician«SQ»s age, and medical specialty that the physician belongs to. Physician«SQ»s gender, physician«SQ»s age, self-reported health status, and time spent with the physician were significantly associated with satisfaction with the physician. Conclusion: Trust in physicians seems to not depend on any of the assessed factors and largely seems to be implicit in the physician-patient relationship. Trust in physician is associated with patient satisfaction. Further studies are needed to assess trust in physicians in developing country settings.


How to cite this article:
Baidya M, Gopichandran V, Kosalram K. Patient-physician trust among adults of rural Tamil Nadu: A community-based survey.J Postgrad Med 2014;60:21-26


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Baidya M, Gopichandran V, Kosalram K. Patient-physician trust among adults of rural Tamil Nadu: A community-based survey. J Postgrad Med [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Apr 5 ];60:21-26
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