Trust and Violence in Healthcare (2021-2022)

Health behavior relies on trust not only in the healthcare system and providers, but also in science and the channels through which scientific information is communicated. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare faced a crisis of trust with an alarming growth in cases of violence against healthcare workers globally.

This project team documented the global incidence of violence in the workforce and its relation to trust in the health sector. Team members studied how the availability and sources of scientific information influence trust, especially in the context of the democratization of information in which individuals are unable to discern whether new information is correct or incorrect.

Team members scraped online news sources to document instances of reported violence against doctors, nurses and healthcare workers in the U.S., U.K., China and India. These instances were then collected in a database of violence against the workforce documented over a 10-year period. 

Team members also reviewed the literature on trust, drawing from economics, game theory, political science, sociology and psychology. This year-long review led to a summary research paper.


Summer 2021 – Spring 2022

Anticipated Outputs


Descriptive paper

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Interdisciplinary Researchers Discuss Faculty-Student Research

Meet the Members of the 2021-2022 Bass Connections Student Advisory Council


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Team Leaders

  • Marcos Vera Hernandez, Dept of Economics, University College London
  • Manoj Mohanan, Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Sean Sylvia, Dept. of Health Policy, UNC-Chapel Hill

/graduate Team Members

  • Julia Barlow, Bioethics and Sci Policy - AM

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Micah Hurewitz, Biology (BS)
  • Kevin Jiang, Mathematics (BS)
  • Katie Margolis, Gender Sexuality & Fem St(AB)
  • Dana Otera, Biology (AB)
  • Luke Triplett, Mathematics (BS)
  • Abigail Ullendorff, Economics (BS)
  • Lisa Zhao, History (AB)

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Ibrahim Abubaker, Epidemiology and Global Health, University College London
  • Antonio Cabrales, Dept of Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid