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Helen Salisbury: Trust and truth telling

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 10 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5477
  1. Helen Salisbury, GP
  1. Oxford
  1. helen.salisbury{at}
    Follow Helen on Twitter: @HelenRSalisbury

When my patients tell me their symptoms they put their trust in me: they trust me to listen attentively, to examine carefully, and to investigate as thoroughly as necessary. They trust me to keep their confidences and to follow up as promised. Above all, when they ask me a question they trust me to tell them the truth as far as I know it. If I fall short in any of these areas I am likely to lose their trust—and then I’m not much use to anyone. I also risk losing …

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