Measuring patient–provider trust in a primary care population: Refinement of the health care relationship trust scale†
Article first published online: 17 APR 2012
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Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 35, Issue 4, pages 397–408, August 2012
How to Cite
Bova, C., Route, P. S., Fennie, K., Ettinger, W., Manchester, G. W. and Weinstein, B. (2012), Measuring patient–provider trust in a primary care population: Refinement of the health care relationship trust scale. Res. Nurs. Health, 35: 397–408. doi: 10.1002/nur.21484
The authors would like to thank Claire Baldwin, MS, Nancy Morris, PhD, RN, and Susan Sullivan-Bolyai, DNSc for their comments on a previous version of this manuscript.
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 17 APR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 MAR 2012
- instrument development;
- primary care;
Accurately measuring trust between patients and health care providers is important because low patient–provider trust can lead to poor treatment adherence and negative health outcomes. To measure patient–provider trust, we developed the Health Care Relationship (HCR) Trust scale. Findings from our initial use of the scale suggested the need to examine the scale's psychometric performance in a larger sample of adults with various chronic health conditions. We therefore examined the psychometric properties of the HCR Trust Scale in a random sample of adult primary care patients. Thirteen of the original 15 items fit the data best; a single-factor structure explained 67% of the variance in patient–provider trust. The Cronbach's alpha for the 13-item HCR Trust Scale—Revised was .96. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 35:397–408, 2012