Gut feelings in the diagnostic process of Spanish GPs: a focus group study

Show simple item record Oliva, Bernardino March, Sebastià Gadea, Cristina Stolper, Erik Esteva, Magdalena 2019-11-07T08:28:04Z 2019-11-07T08:28:04Z
dc.description.abstract [eng] Objectives The gut feelings of doctors can act as triggers and modulators of the diagnostic process. This study explored the existence, significance, determinants and triggers of gut feelings among Spanish general practitioners. Design Qualitative study using focus groups. Thematic content analysis. Setting Primary healthcare centres in Majorca (Spain). Participants 20 purposively sampled general practitioners working in Majorca. Results General practitioners were aware of the existence of gut feelings in their diagnostic reasoning process and recognised 2 kinds of gut feelings: a sense of alarm and a sense of reassurance. A previous physician-patient relationship and the physician's experience had a strong perceived influence on the appearance of gut feelings. The physicians attached great significance to gut feelings, and considered them as a characteristic of the primary care working style and as a tool available in their diagnostic process. The physicians thought that the notion of gut feelings and their relevance can be transmitted to students and trainees. They tended to follow their gut feelings, although they were not sure of their accuracy. Conclusions Spanish general practitioners in our study recognise the presence and role of gut feelings in their diagnostic reasoning process. Future research should examine the diagnostic accuracy of gut feelings and how to teach about gut feelings in the training of general practitioners.
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dc.relation.ispartof Bmj Open, 2016, vol. 6, num. 12, p. 1-9
dc.rights cc-by (c) Oliva, Bernardino et al., 2016
dc.subject.classification 00 - Ciència i coneixement. Investigació. Cultura. Humanitats
dc.subject.classification 61 - Medicina
dc.subject.other 00 - Prolegomena. Fundamentals of knowledge and culture. Propaedeutics
dc.subject.other 61 - Medical sciences
dc.title Gut feelings in the diagnostic process of Spanish GPs: a focus group study
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dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion 2019-11-07T08:28:05Z
dc.subject.keywords intuición
dc.subject.keywords Investigación cualitativa
dc.subject.keywords Medicina familiar y comunitaria
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