Ways of Building Trust Between Physician and Patient


Some patients don’t come for consultations quickly. They are typically wary of doctors because they fear that the practitioner will uncover some issues about their health status. They also are generally unsure about the doctors’ bedside manner and would want someone who understands them based on their race, creed, and beliefs. Some people want reassurance, and it takes time before trust between a patient and a medical practitioner can take root.

However, when a doctor needs to fulfill other duties and obligations, they may leave their post, and their patients may have to visit other practitioners. Starting over with a new medical practitioner may not be an option for other people, so it’s up to the hospital or clinic to find locum tenens companies to fill the vacancy. These companies can quickly source medical practitioners who can temporarily take over a practice while the attending doctor is away from the post. This way, medical care wouldn’t have to stop, and people will receive adequate medical attention.

Here are some ways to build trust and rapport between an attending doctor and a patient.

Don’t rush things

Patients don’t want to feel undervalued or rushed when seeing a doctor. Although doctors may have a set schedule, they must make the patients feel that they have their full attention. While patients may not always want to engage in chitchat, they want to feel their doctor’s bedside manner. They want to think that the healthcare professional cares about them and has their best interests at heart. Reassure patients that they’re getting the best healthcare possible, and a smile can help calm down a patient.

Be empathetic and sympathetic 

Empathy and sympathy are two different things, but a trusted doctor must be able to demonstrate these two efficiently. A trusted doctor must be able to show their patient that they care about what the patient is undergoing and feeling. They must know how to use the right words that can assuage the deep feelings of fear and uncertainty that their patients must undoubtedly feel.

Doctors who have shared a similar scenario may talk about how they overcame such conditions so their patients will have a glimmer of hope that they, too, could overcome the problem. A doctor who can connect with their patient is a doctor who is more personable and humane.

Focus on shared decision-making

Some patients appreciate a collaborative approach to healthcare. More and more patients believe they must have a say regarding their recovery. A medical practitioner understands that the collaborative approach empowers patients and makes them more accountable for the outcomes. The more involved the patients are in decision-making, the more they feel in control of the situation and are more likely to stick to the plan.

Respect cultural differences

Medical practitioners must respect and recognize cultural differences in healthcare. One thing may be acceptable in a particular culture and taboo in another. Take a personalized approach for every client and ensure they get the best treatment.


Building trust between a patient and a doctor can be difficult. However, specific steps could help bridge the gap and make efficient connections.


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