Patient Perception of Healthcare Affects Quality of Life

Patients reporting mistrust of the medical profession, low trust in a physician and experience with healthcare discrimination before a major medical procedure had a lower quality of life, according to a report on a University of Pittsburgh (Penn.) study from News-Medical.

Researchers evaluated nearly 600 kidney failure patients with two interviews: one before a transplant evaluation and one after the transplant evaluation.

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Patients who perceived discriminatory treatment and who had lower trust in their physicians reported a poorer quality of life as a result of the symptoms of their kidney disease than patients who trusted their physicians and did not perceive discriminatory treatment, according to the report.

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