On the part of the patient, healthcare demands unconditional trust inthe professional. But what is the nature of this trust, and to what extentis it justified? How significant is the fallout when it is abused?Incorporating sociological, psychological and philosophical approaches,this book examines notions of trust in the self, others and systems inthe field of healthcare. The text explores:? rational and emotional aspects of trust? power balances between the patient and healthcare professional? historical crises of trust in healthcare, considering the impacts andthe lessons learned? means of strengthening public trust in the healthcare system and itsworkforceDistinctive in its breadth and coverage, Examining Trust in Healthcareprovides a multidisciplinary perspective of a key element of patientcare. This makes the book fundamental reading for students, academicsand professionals across all branches of healthcare, as well as animportant resource for those with professional and academic interestsin the psychology and sociology of health.