The transculturality of ‘gut feelings’. Results from a French Delphi consensus survey

Friday, April 19th, 2013

To determine whether a consensus on ‘gut feelings’ in general practice in France could be obtained a Delphi consensus procedure has been used. The researchers took the Dutch initial statements as starting points. After three Delphi rounds, French GPs reached agreement on nine statements. Many similarities have been found between the Dutch and the French defining statements, with reservations concerning the ‘sense of reassurance’, which French GPs seemed to feel more cautious about. The researchers concluded that ‘gut feelings’ are a well-defined concept in France too. The Dutch and the French consensual statements seem very close. The transculturality of the concept is confirmed, which is a new indicator that ‘gut feelings’ are a self-contained concept.