Past Letters

Trust and Direct-to-Consumer Medicine: A Prescription for Trouble?

What disturbs me about online retail medicine is the lack of face-to-face conversation between the patient and the clinician.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone: Choosing Civility in Medicine

Dialogue has to start with the assumption that all parties have good intentions and the belief that most people are reasonable most of the time.

Turning Awareness into Action: Celebrating our 7th Year

This month marks the seventh anniversary of the Choosing Wisely campaign, which launched on April 4, 2012 to much public fanfare. Nine specialty societies took a courageous step, answering our call for clinicians to identify five things that are done too frequently in their fields and for which there was no evidence of patient benefit.... Read more »

Bundles, Professionalism and Trust – A Conversation with François de Brantes

[Bundled payments] serve to reinforce the goals we at the Foundation are trying to advance—professionalism, trust and choosing wisely.

Influencing Professionalism

Using “influencer marketing” to promote your brand or message... has the potential to create a whole new level of conflicts of interest, one that the profession—and medical schools in particular—need to prepare for.

Introducing the Trust Practice Challenge

This challenge is a key component of the Foundation’s new focus on issues of trust in health care. We chose to emphasize trust because this crucial aspect of an effective health care system is currently under threat.

Will Consolidation Leave Trust Broken in its Wake?

For a profession that is based on an intimate relationship between patients and their health care providers, the perception that hospitals are consolidating out of greed without regard for the consequences for patients could intensify the fraying of Americans’ trust in health care.

Conflicts of Interest: Eroding Trust in the Profession

Regardless of its effects on decision-making, if patients perceive a quid pro quo between a physician and a pharmaceutical company (for example), trust has already been chipped away.

[Re]Building Trust – The 2018 ABIM Foundation Forum

The 2018 Forum goals are to examine ways to build and nurture trust against a backdrop of political and social turmoil, and all-time lows in Americans’ trust in institutions across society.

Choosing Wisely: The Challenge of Overcoming Fear

We need to study the fear factor in American medicine, particularly as it pertains to perceived versus actual instances of litigation.