research questions


Key results/conclusion related to trust



Cain et al.

Patient experiences of transitioning from hospital to home: An ethnographic quality improvement project.

To develop a richly detailed, patient-centered view of patient and caregiver needs in the hospital-to-home transition.

Ethnographic approach, participant observation, in-depth, semi-structured video recorded interviews. 24 adult inpatients hospitalized for a range of acute and chronic conditions and characterized by variety in diagnoses, illness severity, planned or unplanned hospitalization, age, and ability to self manage.

During the hospital-to-home transition, patients and caregivers expressed six experiences in which one of them was “feeling connected to and trusting providers”. This is one type of support which will help broaden understanding and reduce readmission.



Gunther et al.

Barriers and enablers to managing obesity in general practice: a practical approach for use in implementation activities.

To uncover and describe barriers and enablers to implementing NICE’s recommendations on the management of obesity in adults in general practice, using practical qualitative methods.

A qualitative study. Semi structured interviews with seven general practitioners, seven practice nurses and nine overweight or obese patients, exploring their views and experiences on the implementation of NICE guidelines on obesity. The interviews were undertaken and analysed by a health professional with support of a health service researcher; they were recorded and transcribed verbatim and analysed using a thematic framework approach.

Barriers and enablers of implementing NICE guideance on obesity was examined. Trust between practitioners and patients were perceived as one of several enablers to such implementation.



Brown et al.

Actions speak louder than words: the embodiment of

trust by healthcare professionals in gynae-oncology.


This article draws on

qualitative data from semi-structured interviews with cervical cancer patients.

The significance of body work in winning or, on occasions, undermining trust emerged as a key theme. Trust bridges the present with the future and thus makes apparent how seemingly “detached” forms of body work are connected to the emotion-work of the caring role and the craftwork of body work as touch.



Nygardh et al.

The experience of empowerment in the patient-staff encounter: the patient’s perspective.

To explore empowerment within the patient-staff encounter as experienced by out-patients with chronic kidney disease.

Qualitative interview study. 20 patients with chronic kidney disease. The interviews were subjected to latent content analysis.

Five of the seven sub-themes emerging from the analysis represented empowerment: Accessibility according to need, Confirming encounter, Trust in the competence of the healthcare staff, Participation in decision-making, Learning enables better self-management. The other two represented non-empowerment: Meeting with nonchalance, Lack of dialogue and influence. From the seven sub-themes, one comprehensive theme was generated: Creation of trust and learning through encounter.



Alsen et al.

Patients’ illness perception four months after a myocardial infarction.

To explore patients’ illness perception of myocardial infarction four months after a myocardial infarction.

25 patients were interviewed four months after a myocardial infarction. In accordance with grounded theory methodology, data collection and analysis were carried out simultaneously.

Two core categories: “trust in oneself” vs. “trust in others”; belief in one’s own efforts to control the illness; and “illness reasoning”, lines of thought about illness identity.