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Dynamics of Trust in Doctor-Patient Relationship in India

A Clinical, Social and Ethical Analysis


  • Explores the idea of trust in doctor–patient relationships in the Indian context

  • Discusses the uniqueness of trust in the Indian context

  • Strikes a healthy balance between empirical research and theoretical analysis of trust in doctor–patient relationships


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Ethics book series (BRIEFSETHIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Vijayaprasad Gopichandran
    Pages 1-16
  3. Vijayaprasad Gopichandran
    Pages 17-28
  4. Vijayaprasad Gopichandran
    Pages 43-57
  5. Vijayaprasad Gopichandran
    Pages 59-75
  6. Vijayaprasad Gopichandran
    Pages 77-81
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    Pages 89-93
  8. Vijayaprasad Gopichandran
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  9. Vijayaprasad Gopichandran
    Pages 99-102

About this book


This book offers an easy-to-read, yet comprehensive introduction to practical issues in doctor–patient relationships in a typical low- and middle-income country setting in India, examining in detail the reasons for erosion of trust and providing guidance on potential research areas in the field. It strikes a balance between empirical work and theoretical normative analysis, while adopting mixed-method research in exploring important constructs in the doctor–patient relationship, such as trust, solidarity, advocacy, patient-centeredness, privacy, and confidentiality. Since the concept of trust has direct implications for the ethical practice of medicine, the book is a valuable resource for academics and researchers in the field of medical, clinical, and applied ethics.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Community MedicineESIC Medical College and Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science and ResearchChennaiIndia

About the authors

Dr. Vijayaprasad Gopichandran currently works at the Department of Community Medicine, ESIC Medical College and Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science and Research, KK Nagar, Chennai. His areas of interest include non-communicable disease epidemiology, health communication, doctor–patient relationships, and medical and public health ethics. He serves as an editor for the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics since 2014. He is also a consultant for the World Health Organization for developing ethical guidelines for public health surveillance and developing a curriculum for training in ethics of implementation research. He has more than 17 years of primary care clinical work experience in outpatient and inpatient settings and 9 years of clinical experience in community outreach projects. He has been actively involved in numerous community-based epidemiological and bioethics research projects, leading to over 50 publications in peer reviewed national and international journals.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Dynamics of Trust in Doctor-Patient Relationship in India
  • Book Subtitle A Clinical, Social and Ethical Analysis
  • Authors Vijayaprasad Gopichandran
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Ethics
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Ethics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-15-0345-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-0346-7
  • Series ISSN 2211-8101
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-811X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 102
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethics
    Theory of Medicine/Bioethics
    Health Psychology
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