Trust; A Dimension Beyond Economic Solutions?

Document Type: Letter to editor


1 Imam Hossein Hospital, Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Karaj, Iran

2 Roozbeh Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Dear Editor;
It was reported that the First Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran had emphasized public trust beyond economic solutions in implementing economic programs and emphasized the role of the elite in raising social capital.(1)
Trust is an essential component of social capital.(2) There are different views on the relationship between social capital and the economic situation.(3) (4)
Due to its unique circumstances, Iran has always witnessed the economic impact of the situation over the past few decades.(5)
In one of the latest academic studies in Iran, the amount of social capital and trust in Iran was above average.(6)
High level of trust and enormous social capital during the imposed war, the formation of bonding and bridging social capital during the post-war construction period, and high participation in natural disaster relief are examples.
In the current period when Iran is under severe economic sanctions, what has played a role in the historical memory of the Iranian people, the existence of public trust and social capital and other components to cope with the difficult livelihoods of the country and to come up with solutions to exit the situation.
Trust and social capital is something that has been the focus of policymakers and government officials in the historical context of our country and expressing and expanding its meaning is one of the duties of the country's health authorities.