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Managing uncertainty in family practice.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Canadian Medical Association journal
Publication Date
Volume
126
Issue
8
Pages
915–917
Identifiers
PMID: 7074488
Source
Medline

Abstract

Because patients present in the early stages of undifferentiated problems, the family physician often faces uncertainty, especially in diagnosis and management. The physician's uncertainty may be unacceptable to the patient and may lead to inappropriate use of diagnostic procedures. The problem is intensified by the physician's hospital training, which emphasizes mastery of available knowledge and decision-making based on certainty. Strategies by which a physician may manage uncertainty include (a) a more open doctor-patient relationship, (b) understanding the patient's reason for attending the office, (c) a thorough assessment of the problem, (d) a commitment to reassessment and (e) appropriate consultation.

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