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Trusting on the edge: Managing uncertainty and vulnerability in the midst of serious mental health problems

Patrick Brown and Michael Calnan


Trust is fundamental to everyday interactions and the functioning of society, but it is particularly relevant within healthcare contexts. An increased awareness of the limitations of medical knowledge and care systems, alongside the challenged authority of the professionals who work within these institutions, renders trust salient yet problematic. In spite of a growing body of research more generally, how trust develops, or fails to develop, within mental healthcare contexts remains poorly understood and under-researched. This book brings together key theories, existing research into trust in ... More

Keywords: Mental illness, Policy; risk, Social theory, Trust, Uncertainty, Vulnerability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781847428899
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Brown, author

Michael Calnan, author