GPs should trust their clinical 'gut feelings’: study

A greater understanding of their role could help improve patient triage for cancer investigation, researchers say

Basing clinical decisions on instinct might run counter to evidence-based medicine, but a new study suggests GPs should trust their gut feelings more often – especially if they suspect cancer.

Dr Claire Friedemann Smith
Dr Claire Friedemann Smith.

In a systematic review and meta-analysis, UK researchers report that GPs’ gut feelings can be highly predictive of cancer and should be incorporated into clinical guidelines.

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