Past experience, 'shadow of the future', and patient trust: a cross-sectional survey

Carolyn Tarrant, Andrew M Colman, Timothy Stokes

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Recent changes to the organisation and delivery of primary care in the UK have the potential to reduce continuity of care markedly, but it is not clear how this will have an impact on patient trust. This study aims to test the associations between specific aspects of continuity in the GP-patient relationship, and patient trust, informed by the theoretical framework of behavioural game theory. A cross-sectional survey of patients in three Leicestershire general practices was conducted. Regression analysis showed that ratings of the GP's interpersonal care, past experience of cooperation, and expectation of continuing care from the GP were all independent predictors of patient trust. These findings highlight the value of longitudinal aspects of the GP-patient relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)780-3, i-vi
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Issue number556
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008


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