Publications

Gut feelings in obstetrics and midwifery: the role of intuition in deciding when to perform cesarean section during labor

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

Abstract Purpose: To describe the role of intuition for maternity care workers in deciding when a cesarean section should be advised during labor. Material and methods: Focus group discussions with midwives and gynecologists, and nonparticipating observation at an obstetric ward. Results: The decision about when to propose a cesarean section during labor is the result… read more

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Medical disciplinary boards on gut feelings of patients

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Dutch medical disciplinary boards consider physicians’ gut feelings an element of the professional standards. Some indications can be found in the international literature suggesting intuitive feelings of unease of patients or their relatives can also contribute to adequate diagnostics. What is the view of disciplinary boards on this? A search in the disciplinary boards’ database… read more

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Complexity in general practice

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Uncertainty and unpredictability are features of general practice despite all efforts to decrease them by guidelines and decision support tools. A great many medical problems are simple or complicated, and guidelines support GPs to find the best solutions. In cases with multimorbidity, however, medical problems are complex and not easy to deal with. In simple… read more

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Gut feelings of the general practitioner when confronted with dyspnoea and/or chest pain: a prospective observational study

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

Objective Dealing with uncertainty is an important part of the decision-making process of general practitioners (GPs). Research shows GPs think ‘gut feelings’ are a relevant phenomenon in the context of this decision-making process. A questionnaire was developed to determine the presence or absence of gut feelings in diagnostic reasoning. Chest pain and shortness of breath… read more

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GPs’ suspicion of child abuse: how does it arise and what is the follow-up?

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

Background: Child abuse is widespread, occurs in all cultures and communities, remains undiscovered in 90% of cases and has serious long-term effects. Physicians generally underidentify and underreport child abuse. To understand this low reporting rate and how the suspicion of child abuse arises, we examined GPs’ experiences. Research questions: How does the suspicion of child… read more

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Accuracy of the general practitioner’s sense of alarm when confronted with dyspnoea and/or chest pain: a prospective observational study

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Abstract Objectives Dyspnoea and chest pain are symptoms shared with multiple pathologies ranging from the benign to life-threatening diseases. A Gut Feelings Questionnaire (GFQ) has been validated to measure the general practitioner’s (GPs) sense of alarm or sense of reassurance. The aim of the study was to estimate the diagnostic test accuracy of GPs’ sense… read more

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Prevalence and diagnostic value of GPs’ gut feelings for cancer and serious diseases: protocol for a prospective observational study of diagnostic validity

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Abstract Introduction Cancer diagnosis in primary care is an important challenge for general practitioners (GPs) due to the relatively low frequency of any single type of cancer and the heterogeneous signs and symptoms that can be present. In addition to analytical reasoning, GPs may become aware of gut feelings (GFs) as they suspect that a… read more

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Linguistic validation of the gut feelings questionnaire in Ukraine

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Background: Medical clinical decisions is based on combination of analytical and non-analytic thinking. The concept of “gut feeling questionnaire” (GFQ) in GP was described through qualitative research of both sensations of alarm and assurance. The investigated enquirer has been validated in 5 countries. Research questions: Linguistic validation of the European GFQ translated from English into… read more

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How does child abuse suspicion arise in general practice?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Accepted abstract EGPRN Tampere 2019 by Erik Stolper, Jan Paul Verdenius, Geert Jan Dinant, Margje van de Wiel Background Child abuse is wide spread, occurs in all cultures and communities and remains undiscovered in 90% of the cases. 80% of reported child abuse concerns emotional ill-treatment. In the Netherlands, at least 3% (118.000) of children… read more

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Quantitative and thematic analysis of gut feelings’ text notes

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the EGPRN-conference (Tampere, Finland, 2019) Bernardino Oliva-Fanlo, SebastiĂ  March, Cristina Gadea, Erik Stolper, Magdalena Esteva Background: GPs use gut feelings (GF) during a patient visit to pace their decisions. A ‘sense of alarm’ (SA) means that intervention seems necessary to prevent imminent serious health problems, and a ‘sense of… read more

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