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Features of diagnostic decision making in primary care

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Features of diagnostic decision making in primary care.



  • Contact name

    Rebecca Lawton

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  • Sponsor organisation

    Bradford Institute for Health Research

  • Identifier

    Ref no: 15-0129; date approved: 28-April-2015, School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    0 years, 8 months, 31 days

  • Research summary

    BACKGROUND: Research suggests that diagnostic delay and misdiagnosis make a substantial contribution to harmful or potentially harmful events in primary care. In order to understand why errors may occur, it is important to gain a better understanding of the features involved in diagnostic decision making and how GPs cope with the challenging diagnostic decisions that they make.

    CURRENT STUDY: Research suggests that decisions may be driven by both cognitive (rational thinking) and emotional features. However, the processes involved in rational thinking and emotion in diagnostic decision making in primary care and how GPs cope after making challenging diagnostic decisions, have not been explored in detail.

    HOW: In depth telephone interviews exploring diagnostic decision making will be carried out with the GPs working in a primary care setting.

    WHERE: Interviews will be carried out with GPs working in primary care in practices across one NHS CCG.

    RESULTS: To explore the processes involved during and after diagnostic decision making, thematic analysis of interview data will identify the key aspects and categories of cognitive and emotional features.

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