Virginia Brown and Christine Thomas report in this issue that misinformation between healthcare providers and caregivers of patients with mental illness may impact the plan of care for that patient. This commentary explores why the need for trust in these relationships is critical to accurate information sharing.

Key Take Away Points

  • Trust within the provider-patient-caregiver relationship is an important factor for accurate information sharing
  • The field of mental health care heavily relies on caregivers for accurate information regarding the patient's health and well-being
  • Shared-decision making is a time to ensure exchange of accurate information

Author Biography

Jamie L. Wood is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Medical Education at Duke University School of Medicine. She serves as the Co-Director of The Duke Program on Medical Misinformation.


Thank you to Brian Southwell for helpful comments on this manuscript.