The current research examines trust as a component of the Healthcare Relationship Scale (HCR) using data from the Medical Monitoring Project (MMP), a program designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This dataset focuses on the experiences and needs of people living with HIV (PLWH). We examined how relationships between people living with HIV and their HIV providers may be associated with two distinct variable groups: (1) socio-demographic characteristics, such as age, gender, race, education and poverty status; and (2) patient health as it relates to the continuum of care, such as patient-rated general health, adherence to a care plan, and trust of information from healthcare providers. To analyze these groups, we used confidence intervals to examine statistical significance between mean trust scores. We present the use of emotional tuning as a possible mediator which could be used to strengthen patient trust and improve the patient-provider relationship. The research finds differences in trust by the aforementioned variable groups. These findings add to the growing body of literature on patient-provider trust, focusing specifically on people living with HIV by examining the role of trust in patient health, and broaden the application of emotional tuning.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Sciences
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Caldwell, James, "Associations Between Patient-provider Trust and HIV Care Continuum Outcomes" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1181.