• Medicine
  • Published 2011

Managing Uncertainty About Illness: Health Care Providers as Credible Authorities

@inproceedings{Brashers2011ManagingUA,
  title={Managing Uncertainty About Illness: Health Care Providers as Credible Authorities},
  author={Dale E. Brashers and Elaine Hsieh and Nancy R. Reynolds},
  year={2011}
}
Abstract People living with chronic or acute illnesses often face uncertainty about their health and about their medical care. Health care providers can affect the uncertainty patients experienced by providing information about the causes, symptoms, and consequences of the illness, as well as descriptions of medical procedures and treatments that might be needed. This chapter explores the role of credible authority-the "degree of trust and con· fidence patients have in health care providers… CONTINUE READING

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