Do You Trust Your Doctor?
Throughout history, populations have looked for people to take away mental, physical, and spiritual troubles. Shamans, priests, folk healers, and even psychics provided hope. In the 5th Century B.C., Western Medicine offered additional help, although the majority of cures and symptomatic relief that physicians could provide were not really developed until the late 19th century.
For a long time physicians had little more than their personalities and bedside manner at their disposal. Now, with unprecedented advances in medical technology, the relationships we have with our doctors are less valued. It can seem as if whether or not we like our physician does not matter. Nonhuman entities, which include labs, procedures, and diagnostic tests increasingly drive doctor’s decisions and have replaced the centrality of medical relationships.
However, trusting physicians is more important than ever. There is a large body of research to support this. For example, patients who trust their doctors are more likely to follow medical advice.