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Health, Aging and Society
Geraldine Voros

Trust -trust provides a moral foundation -for any healthy relationship to have trust is vital How do we build (exercise) trust? - Those who we trust to be motivated by goods will be directed towards us. - Moral integrity- people, who think good will isn’t enough, think of moral integrity instead. - Sharing of what counts as moral and reasonable Patient/Doctor Trust Competence- for example, if a doctor is singing a song you will question their competence. -if they walk in with a stethoscope, white coat, and a note pad, you will be comfortable with them and trust that they’re a professional. - white coat= Gives him the authority and you the permission to touch your body. White coat is also called the cloak of competence. Cloak of competence lets you permit what needs to be done to be done, and in a sense you trust that individual. Second Opinion- if you don’t trust the first doctor, or have a gap of knowledge, we seek a second opinion. This will plug the gap of knowledge, vulnerability, lack of competence, and we will trust them. Moral Competence -knowing what is morally required in different situations and acting on what is required. -Being morally virtuous= when we’re looking for what is morally required and acting on it- basically when the doctor acts on the patients best interests. -Need to respect patient’s autonomy. Being morally virtuous means that if they need information, the doctor needs to give her that information. If a patient just wants questions, the doctor has to answer these questions. -practitioners need to do what the patients want them to do= make them well. Motivation of the Trusted Practitioner -something sleazy (or pure selfishness) = for example, waiting an hour/hours for the doctor and they only see you for 10 mins. - Indifference to the individual’s welfare -both make it less likely we will trust -might end up relying on the professional irrelevant to the motivation of the practitioner Kindly Feelings -being nice and kind to patients, listening to them, and giving them what they want (ex. Just to talk). -Need not be a feature of the rel
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