This editorial introduced a set of papers from a workshop held in October 2002 in Johannesburg. Drawing on empirical insights and conceptual reflection, the workshop discussed the relevance of trust to health systems development in low- and middle-income countries. It had three starting points: health systems are a vital element of the social fabric in any country, rather than just delivery mechanisms for health care interventions; factors influencing the relationships that are central to health system performance are little understood; investigating trust can offer important insights for health system reform as it is a key facilitator of collective action and source of value.
Gilson, L. Building trust and value in health systems in low and middle income countries [Editorial]. Social Science and Medicine (2005) 61 (7) 1381-1384. [DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2004.11.059]