- Patients’ trust in their physician - Psychometric properties of the Dutch version of the "Wake Forest Physician Trust Scale"
- Patient Education and Counseling
- Volume | Issue number
- 76 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
Objective: Aim was to investigate the psychometric properties of a Dutch version of the "Wake Forest Physician Trust Scale", which intends to measure patients’ trust in their physician.
Methods: A random sample of internal medicine patients visiting the outpatient clinic completed the questionnaire (N = 201). Dimensionality, reliability and validity of the instrument were examined.
Results: The structure of the questionnaire was best explained by a unidimensional construct. Reliability was confirmed: internal consistency was high (α = .88), and mean item-total correlations were all above .40. Construct validity was indicated by patients’ trust in their physician correlating significantly and as hypothesized with (1) satisfaction with their physician (r = .64), (2) with the length of the patient-physician relationship (r = .28), (3) with their willingness to recommend their physician (r = .71) and (4) their unwillingness to switch their physician (r = .61).
Conclusion: The results suggest the Dutch version of the Wake Forest Physician Trust Scale to be a psychometrically sound instrument to assess patients’ interpersonal trust.
Practice implications: Trust is a key feature of the patient-physician relationship, yet has been scarcely researched in other than Anglophone cultures. An adequate Dutch trust questionnaire forms the first step to gaining more knowledge about patient-physician trust in another culture and health care setting.
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