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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Role of intuitive knowledge in the diagnostic reasoning of hospital specialists: a focus group study

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Abstract Background and objective Intuition is an important part of human decision-making and can be explained by the dual-process theory where analytical and non-analytical reasoning processes continually interact. These processes can also be identified in physicians’ diagnostic reasoning. The valuable role of intuition, including gut feelings, has been shown among general practitioners and nurses, but… read more

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Gut feelings in the diagnostic reasoning process; the role of uncertainty

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Abstract What role does uncertainty play in the doctor’s diagnostic reasoning process? Would it not be better to avoid uncertainty as much as possible? In this article we answer this question from an epistemological perspective. Doctors build up relevant, situational knowledge during the diagnostic process through listening, observation and interpretation during their contact with the… read more

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Gut Feelings Questionnaire in daily practice: a feasibility study using a mixed-methods approach in three European countries

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Abstract Objectives The validated Gut Feelings Questionnaire (GFQ) is a 10-item questionnaire based on the definitions of the sense of alarm and the sense of reassurance. The purpose of the GFQ is to determine the presence or absence of gut feelings in the diagnostic reasoning of general practitioners (GPs). The aim was to test the… read more

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Cross-cultural translation and validation of the ‘gut feelings’ questionnaire into Spanish and Catalan

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

The Gut Feelings Questionnaire is available in Spanish and Catalan language. Read the publication in EJGP. Or look up all translations on Abstract Background: The gut feelings questionnaire (GFQ) is the only tool developed to assess the presence of a ‘sense of alarm’ or a ‘sense of reassurance’ in the diagnostic process of general practitioners… read more

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Do GPs know more than other doctors?

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Norbert Donner-Banzhoff wrote a commentary on: ‘COGITA network has constructed a glossary of diagnostic reasoning terms’. The answer to the question in the title is a clear ‘yes’. Read more.

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Comments on ‘Recognition of sepsis in primary care: a survey among GPs’.

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Recently, in the BJGP Open an article was published about how GPs recognize a sepsis. The authors’ final conclusion was that the history, the general appearance and a gut feeling are more important elements than body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and peripheral oxygen saturation in self-reported cases of patients referred due to a possible serious infection…. read more

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Towards a consensus on gut feelings in pediatrics in France

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

In France, children represent an important part of consultations in general practice. Gut feelings (GF) is a transcultural concept studied by Dutch and French general practitioners according to precise definition criteria. International literature suggests the importance of GF in detecting severe childhood infections. We aim to evaluate the place that GF can have in the… read more

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The linguistic validation of the gut feelings questionnaire in three European languages

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Abstract BACKGROUND: Physicians’ clinical decision-making may be influenced by non-analytical thinking, especially when perceiving uncertainty. Incidental gut feelings in general practice have been described, namely, as “a sense of alarm” and “a sense of reassurance”. A Dutch Gut Feelings Questionnaire (GFQ) was developed, validated and afterwards translated into English following a linguistic validation procedure. The… read more

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COGITA network has constructed a glossary of diagnostic reasoning terms

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Abstract The role of gut feelings in diagnostic reasoning is recognized by most GPs throughout Europe, and probably throughout the world. Studies on this topic have emerged from different countries but there is the risk that authors will use different terms for similar concepts. The European Expert Group on Cognitive and Interactive Processes in Diagnosis… read more

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