Trust is a central aspect of improving health care, and its importance in the health care arena is becoming increasingly recognized. To be effective, it is crucial that relationships between patients, clinicians, and health care organizations be grounded in trust. However, we have seen and continue to see an erosion of trust—and the evidence base on strategies for building trust in health care is limited.

Thus far in our partnership with the ABIM Foundation, AcademyHealth has convened trust researchers to develop and inform a trust research agenda; conducted key informant interviews to assess and spur interest in supporting research on trust; and carried out a review of trust research that is in progress via the HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress) database to identify trends in funding and research on trust and trust-related issues.

In this next phase of our work, we will continue to build up the evidence base by:

  • engaging a scholar-in-residence;
  • developing and supporting a research community to share strategies for addressing trust in health care; and
  • publishing commentaries and blogs to raise the visibility of trust issues more broadly.

Research Community on Trust

The Research Community on Trust is a professional network for researchers and other stakeholders to collaborate and share information about promising research, practices, and policies to improve trust in our health care system. Compromised of leaders from a number of fields, the community includes researchers in academic and other settings, health system leaders, patients/consumers, clinicians, health plans, and policy experts.

Joining the community provides members access to:

  • newsletter updates sharing recent news, events, and research on trust;
  • webinars and other virtual sessions diving into examples of interventions, research methods, and findings from the research community; and
  • other relevant resources and opportunities.

We are continuing to grow the community. If you are interested in joining or would like to learn more, please fill out this brief form or email



Elizabeth Cope, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Senior Director, Public and Population Health - AcademyHealth

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Marya Khan, M.P.H.

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Sarah Millender

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