top of page

"Contaminated Trust" Trend 3

As we continue to share highlights from our new U.S. Department of State Global Engagement Center-funded study, "Contaminated Trust: Public Health Disinformation and its Societal Impacts in Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine," here's another finding from this report. #ContaminatedTrust

The third trend our study identified is that particularly with the outbreak of the #COVID19#pandemic, medical professionals are increasingly perceived as sources of mis- and #disinformation across all three countries. #Doctors and other #medicalprofessionals are presumed to lack expertise in applying evidence-based science to their practice. This distrust was most pronounced within older generations and rural populations.

Medical practitioners throughout #Eurasia have made significant strides in battling an entrenched distrust in public health institutions, but the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying #infodemic have presented new challenges to their credibility and shaken faith even in trusted public health authorities. The strain of COVID-19 has magnified systemic public health capacity restraints and inflamed resourcing issues that plague post-Soviet nations.

For additional reading on this topic, please see Armenak Artinyan et al's study on "Trust in the Health System and COVID-19 Treatment." Findings of this research study conducted in another former #Soviet country, #Armenia, posit that a more trustworthy #healthcare system enhances the probability of potential treatment-seeking behavior when observing the initial symptoms.

To read TCM's report, "Contaminated Trust" online, please visit:


bottom of page