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a concept involving both confidence and reliance; to trust someone is to become vulnerable and dependent on the other person's intentions and motivations. Important trust relationships in health care are between patients, family members, the public, and providers. Health professionals have three obligations for being trustworthy: (1) acting consistently for the good of the patient, (2) having high levels of judgment and skill competence, and (3) fulfilling special roles such as the fiduciary one.

In health care, it is essential that patients be able to trust in the discretion of health care workers. It is impossible to specify moral practice in terms of rules or rights alone. It is difficult to separate knowledge and skill competence from moral competence (concern for the patient's well-being) in the professional's behavior. Trust must be earned and merited by performance and fidelity to its implications.


Etymology: ME, protection
a risk-taking process whereby an individual's situation depends on the future behavior of another person.


A semi-independent statutory body within the National Health Service (NHS), which serves a particular geographic region in the UK. Trusts are governed by a board which provides acute services, mental health services, secondary services for the local population and, depending on its size, either commissioned tertiary services, or develops specialist services for a wider, regional, or even the national population.

Some trusts are attached to universities and help train doctors and other health professionals. Acute hospital trusts may provide services in the community—e.g., through health centres, clinics or in people's homes. Trusts employ most of the NHS workforce including nurses, doctors, dentists, pharmacists, midwives, health visitors, allied health professionals (e.g., physiotherapists, radiographers, podiatrists, speech and language therapists, counsellors, occupational therapists and psychologists), and support staff (including receptionists, porters, cleaners, IT specialists, managers, engineers, caterers, and domestic and security staff).

See Welcome Trust.


n a relationship in which one person or entity holds fiduciary responsibility for another's property or enterprise.

Patient discussion about trust

Q. Can anybody help me by giving some ideas that how to treat Fibromyalgia? I trust my doctor too. I am Devontae 25 years old. Few months back I had muscular pain and after taking medicines I felt better, but now again the pain started which made me to consult a doctor few days back and he said that I have Fibromyalgia. So can anybody help me by giving some ideas that how to treat Fibromyalgia? I trust my doctor too.

A. The medications help, I take tramadol and cataflam b/c I can't take Lyrica. I walk a little everyday and I have learned to deal with my limitations...on good days I do what I can and on "fibro" days(bad days)
I try to rest and do what I can without making myself hurt worse. I have balance problems, pain and chronic fatigue but I accept what i can and can not do. That was very hard for me but accepting it has made my life less stressful which in turn helps me deal better and feel better. When I stress my body reacts and it isn't nice! I can't handle temp changes very well so I have learned to adapt to that. Warm baths, resting durning the day, little things that i have learned helps. We all seem to have times we feel better and times we feel rock bottom \, know this is a part of it and learn to adjust. I beleive fibromyalgia is a "learning" experience and you have to do A LOt of trail and error!
Support, a positive attitude and my faith have helped me along with

Q. I am very depressed. I got divorced from my long-years trust worthy wife after she cheated me. I am very depressed. I got divorced from my long-years trust worthy wife after she cheated me. Just before depart, she was very depressed, her family members too... I gone for a test for my depression and met many people there who are depressed. Is it really the depression on the rise?

A. it takes awhile but you do get over it in away that it doesn,t control your life.take time for yourself to the things yuo always wanted to do that she had no intrest in ,also do this with afriend for the motivation.don,t get into any relationships that will do you nothing but more stress ,you need to find yourslf right now.vicky

Q. My family doctor whom I trust prescribed some nutritional food supplement. My family doctor whom I trust prescribed some nutritional food supplement. I tried out a popular brand on my own and without my doctor’s recommendation. I am suffering from an allergy now due to it. My doctor advised/cautioned me to check the label before I buy anything at all. Do you read the nutritional information on the foods before you buy them?

A. although it's wise- i have faith in known products that big companies sell. and i'm not allergic to anything so i don't need to avoid anything.i read them every now and then just to see what am i swallowing, but not too often.

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If the analogy with people holds, then I should give up my mistrust.
We expected cultural mistrust, oppositional cultural attitudes, and ethnic identity to be positively inter-correlated.
Blacks who were more mistrusting, as measured by the cultural mistrust inventory (1981), were more likely to terminate from therapy prematurely (Terrell & Terrell, 1984), had a lower and more negative expectation of their counseling encounters with White counselors (Watkins, Terrell, Miller, & Terrell, 1989; Watkins & Terrell, 1988), and perceive White counselors as a less credible source of help (Poston, Craine, & Atkinson, 1991) than their less mistrusting peers.
If the reasons for these changes--from FRIENDSHIP to ENMITY and from TRUST to MISTRUST--are so quick and obvious, it is pertinent to ask how can we restore a FRIENDSHIP so that an ENEMY become a FRIEND and MISTRUST is converted back to TRUST.
If local policing suffers because our police forces in Wales merge as one, if we are left with less police officers with one central HQ, then public mistrust in the Government will surely escalate.
Dogan (Honorary Research Director, National Center of Scientific Research, France) presents nine studies of political mistrust around the world.
Several theorists (Grier & Cobbs, 1968; Newhill, 1990; Sue, 1981; White, 1980) have proposed that mistrust of Whites by African Americans, cultural mistrust, is a healthy and adaptive characteristic in that it makes an individual aware of negative elements of the African American experience (e.
Similar cultural problems have been noted between the LSI and its subcontractors, leading to a general feeling of mistrust between the two.
Using racial identity theory to explore racial mistrust and interracial contact among Asian Americans.
Talbot tackles the simultaneously formidable and stimulating task of tracing the development of Baptist unity in Scotland in spite of years of strained relationships and mistrust among different Baptist groups.
Attitudes, especially regarding religious others, are transformed from the old historical places of mistrust and fear that have generated centuries of polemical and apologetic forms of discourse at the heart of religious violence, to open spaces of self-discovery triggered by personal human encounters that lead to deep personal spiritual transformation and new levels of trust with others.
The very fact that dads doubt the legitimacy of the offspring of their relationships shows a complete mistrust of their partners.