Abstract

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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Graduation Date

2022

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Koontz, Amanda

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Sociology

Degree Program

Sociology

Identifier

CFE0009152; DP0026748

URL

https://purls.library.ucf.edu/go/DP0026748

Language

English

Release Date

August 2022

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)

Restricted to the UCF community until August 2022; it will then be open access.

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