Why narrow-focus specialists should be more like generalists

It would help them deal with uncertainty and reduce errors

Generalists deal better with diagnostic uncertainty than specialists, with research suggesting that having clinical expertise restricted to single organs may be a limitation on formulating differential diagnoses.

weighing up the odds

Writing in the MJA, two general physicians argue that patients with comorbidities may be better off seeing a generalist.

“Clinicians trained as generalists seem better at navigating this complex mixture of issues than single-content-domain specialists,” write Professor Donald Campbell from Monash Health and Dr Ian Scott, an