Trusting under pressure

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This essay explores the idea that it is possible for a patient to feel ill at ease with a health care professional, even though there is no active ill will on the part of the professional. Noting that the relationship between the patient and the health care professional, especially in the case of the physician, is an asymmetrical one, I suggest that it is incumbent upon professionals to take extra steps to insure that the patient feels at ease in the staff-patient encounter, notwithstanding the good will that health professionals may be assumed to have toward patients generally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-228
Number of pages6
JournalMount Sinai Journal of Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 1999


  • Active ill will
  • Good will
  • Hypertension
  • Ill at ease
  • Minority distrust
  • Trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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