Title
The sense of alarm (gut feeling) in clinical practice: a survey among European general practitioners on recognition and expression The sense of alarm (gut feeling) in clinical practice: a survey among European general practitioners on recognition and expression
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Amersfoort ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
The European journal of general practice. - Amersfoort
Volume/pages
(2010)
ISSN
1381-4788
1751-1402
ISI
000298279300004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Objective: Most general practitioners in the Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium) are familiar with that special feeling during certain consultations: There's something wrong here, though I have no specific indications yet. This sense of alarm alerts the doctor, activates the diagnostic process and induces him to initiate specific management to prevent serious health problems. We wanted to know whether this sense of alarm is a typical phenomenon among Dutch-speaking GPs or is also recognized by GPs elsewhere in Europe. Methods: A short questionnaire survey was held among 128 GPs in 28 countries included in the European General Practitioners Research Network (EGPRN). GPs were asked if they recognized our description of the sense of alarm and if they used a typical phrase in their language to express this uneasy feeling. Results: We received 30 replies from GPs in 16 European countries, plus Israel and South-Africa. They all recognized our description and 25 GPs reported typical expressions in their own language. The GPs' uneasy feeling was sometimes perceived as a bodily sensation.
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