A survey in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that the United States ranks third out of 29 countries in patient satisfaction from treatment received at their last visit with a doctor, but 24th in patient trust of doctors overall. Compared to other countries, adults from low-income families in the U.S. are significantly less trusting of physicians and less satisfied with their own medical care vs. adults not from low-income families; about 47% of low-income adults reported trust in doctors vs. 63% of non-low-income adults. Only 48% of low-income adults were completely satisfied or very satisfied with treatment at their last doctor’s visit compared to 59% of those with non-low-income. Adults ≥65 years of age were more likely to trust physicians (69% vs. 55% for younger adults) and men were more trusting than women (63% vs. 54%). The authors posit that public trust in physicians as a group can be improved with initiatives from the medical community to improve health and healthcare, particularly with boosting trust and came for low-income patients.
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