Gut feelings should not be ignored when diagnosing: study

The observational study suggested GP intuition had “red flag properties” in cases where characteristic symptoms and signs have yet to develop, researchers said.

Primary care researchers analysed the presentations of 3890 Belgian children (mean age five years) and recorded doctors’ overall clinical impression, including whether they felt something was wrong but they did not know why.

Among the cohort, a total of 21 children were eventually admitted to hospital with a serious infection, although nine were not referred at first contact.

In four of the nine, the doctors had a gut feeling