Clinical intuition can be valuable

A DANISH study investigated how frequently GPs suspect cancer or other serious diseases in their patients and how GPs act on their suspicions.

More than 400 GPs took part in the study.

Analysis of 4518 adults seen on one day revealed that the GPs suspected a serious disease in 256. Suspicions were particularly aroused by older men and patients with chronic disease. Physical symptoms raised suspicion, and suspicion was lowest if the patient had psychological problems. When GPs were suspicious, they were likely to order tests or refer.

Data from a national registry showed that patients were significantly more