Promoting Trust in the Registered Nurse-Patient Relationship : Home Healthcare Now

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Promoting Trust in the Registered Nurse-Patient Relationship

Leslie, Jamie Lynn PhD, RN; Lonneman, William DNP, RN

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Home Healthcare Now 34(1):p 38-42, January 2016. | DOI: 10.1097/NHH.0000000000000322


The establishment of trust in the registered nurse (RN)–patient relationship promotes patient engagement and improves the likelihood that the patient will be an active member of the patient care team. The purpose of this article is to examine nursing literature to identify the antecedents, attributes, and outcomes of trusting relationships between RNs and patients in home healthcare. Antecedents of trust for the RN–patient relationship included 1) meeting a need, 2) respect, 3) attention to time, 4) continuity of care, and 5) the initial visit. Attributes of trust between RN and patient in the home healthcare setting were identified as communication, connection, and reciprocity. For the RN and patient who established mutual trust, patients demonstrated better adaptation and collaboration for improvement of health, expressed a sense of security, and indicated a willingness to engage in additional trusting relationships. Barriers to a trusting relationship included a lack of respect and incompetent and/or unethical care.

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