Health care systems can positively influence our personal decision-making and health-related behavior only if we trust them. I propose a conceptual analysis of the trust relation between the public and a healthcare system, drawing from healthcare studies and philosophical proposals. In my account, the trust relation is based on an epistemic component, epistemic authority, and on a value component, the benevo- lence of the healthcare system. I argue that it is also modified by the vulnerability of the public on healthcare matters, and by the system’s credibility. I apply my proposed analysis of public trust in health care systems to the phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy, a tendency to question vaccine policies, and to seek alternative vaccine schedules or to refuse vaccination. Understanding the role of trust and its components can be key to understanding the phenomenon.

Lalumera, E. (2018). Trust in health care and vaccine hesitancy. RIVISTA DI ESTETICA, 2(68), 105-122 [10.4000/estetica.3553].

Trust in health care and vaccine hesitancy

Lalumera, E.
Primo
2018

Abstract

Health care systems can positively influence our personal decision-making and health-related behavior only if we trust them. I propose a conceptual analysis of the trust relation between the public and a healthcare system, drawing from healthcare studies and philosophical proposals. In my account, the trust relation is based on an epistemic component, epistemic authority, and on a value component, the benevo- lence of the healthcare system. I argue that it is also modified by the vulnerability of the public on healthcare matters, and by the system’s credibility. I apply my proposed analysis of public trust in health care systems to the phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy, a tendency to question vaccine policies, and to seek alternative vaccine schedules or to refuse vaccination. Understanding the role of trust and its components can be key to understanding the phenomenon.
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Philosophy of medicine, vaccine hesitancy, trust, health care
English
2018
2
68
105
122
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Lalumera, E. (2018). Trust in health care and vaccine hesitancy. RIVISTA DI ESTETICA, 2(68), 105-122 [10.4000/estetica.3553].
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