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Role of emotion in the reporting of diagnostic incidents by GPs

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    What can we learn about the role of emotion in patient safety from GP incident reports about misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis?



  • Contact name

    Rebecca Lawton

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    Bradford Institute for Health Research

  • Identifier

    15-0110, Research Ethics Approval Reference Number - Institute Of Psychological Sciences (IPS), University of Leeds

  • 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 adverse events in diagnosis may occur, it is important to gain a better understanding of the factors that play a role in these incidents and how GPs reflect on these factors when completing online incident reports.

    CURRENT STUDY: Research focusing on decision making proposes that decisions may be driven by both cognitive (rational thinking) and emotional features. However, the processes involved in rational thinking and emotion in clinical decision making in primary care have not been explored in detail.

    HOW: Analysis of online incident reports regarding adverse events submitted by GPs working in a primary care setting.

    WHERE: Online incident reports of adverse events will be gathered from GPs working in primary care in practices across one NHS CCG.

    RESULTS: To explore the features of adverse invents in primary care, thematic analysis of online incident report data will identify the key aspects and categories of cognitive and emotional features.

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