Community-Based Exploratory Research on Trust in Physicians
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In this chapter, I describe the various research methods I adopted to explore the idea of trust in physicians in the study setting. The study was conducted in Tamil Nadu, a state in southern part of India with good health indicators. The initial exploration was carried out using a mixed qualitative and quantitative method. The qualitative in-depth interviews were designed and conducted to understand the dimensions and determinants of trust in physicians in the developing healthcare settings. This was followed by a quantitative survey among systematically sampled populations from various parts of the state. After obtaining a conceptual understanding of trust in physicians using these two exploratory methods, psychometric methods were used to develop and validate a scale to measure trust in physicians in this setting. This was followed by a smaller survey to understand the perspectives of healthcare providers about trust in physicians.
KeywordsMixed methods research Qualitative study Quantitative study Trust in physicians
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