Family physicians perceive that gut feelings, i.e. a â€˜sense of reassuranceâ€™Â or a â€˜sense of alarmâ€™, play a substantial role in diagnostic reasoning but a measuring instrument for further research was still lacking. We succeeded to validate a short questionnaire measuring the presence of gut feelings in diagnostic reasoning. It enables quantitative research into the role of gut feelings and their diagnostic value in family physiciansâ€™ diagnostic reasoning. (see http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2296/14/1)
For this publication and to allow a broad application of the Dutch-language questionnaire we translated the questionnaire into American-English using a formal linguistic validation procedure. This involved two separate forward-backward translations, a consensus meeting and a check on cultural misunderstandings by ten US family physicians. A British-English version has been obtained in a similar way and is available too (see button onÂ left side ‘Questionnaire’ for all versions).