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Trust and Asymmetry in General Practitioner–Patient Relationships in the United Kingdom


Trust is therefore central to current claims by doctors to the privileges of professional status and autonomy (Kao et al. 1998). However, doctors rarely defi ne what they mean by trust or consider it in the wider context of doctor-patient relationships. This chapter examines trust in the relationship between general practitioners (GPs)1 and patients.