Recognizing the importance of rebuilding trust between physicians and patients, the ABIM Foundation has embarked on a concerted effort to raise these issues on the national stage through the Trust Practice Challenge, a major initiative to identify innovative, effective approaches to building trust in health care. Below is a roundup of some of the opportunities pursued in order to bring these issues to the forefront of a nationwide conversation.
In June, ABIM President and CEO Richard Baron, MD participated in a panel discussion entitled Rebuilding Patient Trust at the Aspen Ideas Festival along with:
- Jackie Judd, vice chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, a Communications consultant specializing in the nonprofit sector and an award-winning journalist covering health care and social policy.
- Antonia Villarruel, Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania.
- Dave Chokshi,MD, Chief Population Health Officer, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation; CEO, NYC H+H Accountable Care Organization.
In June, Modern Healthcare featured the ABIM Foundation’s Trust Practice Challenge and an interview with Dr. Baron in an article appearing in both print and online (subscription may be required).
In July, The New England Journal of Medicine published “Mistrust in Science – A Threat to the Patient-Physician Relationship,” co-authored by Dr. Baron and Adam J. Berinsky, PhD, the Mitsui Professor of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Founding Director of the MIT Political Experiments Research Lab. The article reflects on how societal shifts and dramatic changes in the practice of medicine are putting trust between patients and doctors at risk.
And in August, the 2019 ABIM Foundation Forum was held with the theme “[Re]building Trust: A Path Forward.” Health care leaders from across the country convened to discuss the mechanisms that build or break down trust in relationships between patients, physicians, health care teams and systems.
Stay tuned for more important conversations around building and maintaining trust within the medical community.