An Exploratory Study on the Meaning of 'the Patient Trusts the Doctor'

의사-환자 관계에서 '환자가 의사를 신뢰한다'의 의미 고찰

  • 김민정 (한양대 건강과 사회 연구소)
  • Received : 2017.02.22
  • Accepted : 2017.04.20
  • Published : 2017.06.28


Patient's trust in their physician is crucial for relationship between patients and their doctors, treatment outcomes such as satisfaction and adherence or revisits. The purpose of this study is to investigate the meaning of trusting the doctor in the doctor - patient relationship and to examine it through the multidimensional measurement tools. Using the convenience sampling method, 328 respondents in their 20s or older who had visited the hospital within 6 months were used as the analysis data. As a result of the research, it is difficult to define the meaning of the patient's trust in the doctor, but it can be summarized as having at least four meanings. First, the doctor should listen carefully to the patient's story and show communication behaviors expressing interest and forming an atmosphere of dialogue. Second, the patient's health should be considered first to understand the patient and empathize with the patient. Third, it should be honest in the examination and procedures related to the treatment as well as the technical ability. Finally, we should try to cooperate with patients.


Patient-doctor Relationship;Trust in Physicians;Trust Assessment


Supported by : 한국연구재단


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