How to help patients deal with an unclear diagnosis
I recently discovered a new word — heuristic.
It comes from an Ancient Greek word meaning ‘find’ or ‘discover’ and describes an approach to problem-solving that employs a practical method that might not be perfect but is good enough for the moment.
Surely this is a wonderful word to summarise the art of general practice?
As individuals, we develop a new heuristic for each consultation, one that includes dealing with uncertainty.
Uncertainty is a day-to-day reality of general practice. For the wellbeing of our patients, as well as