Can documenting 'gut feelings' place GPs in medicolegal peril?

After a UK study suggested GPs should trust their gut feelings when suspecting cancer, Dr Penny Browne discusses the medicolegal implications of using basic instinct

Documenting gut feelings or instincts in medical records as part of your clinical decision-making will not constitute a medicolegal risk, indemnity providers say.

Dr Penny Browne.

Last week, a systematic review and meta-analysis suggested that GP ‘gut feelings’ can be highly predictive of cancer and should be incorporated into clinical guidelines.

Led by University of Oxford researchers, the review reported that being partly guided by gut