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GPs´ decision-making - perceiving the patient as a person or a disease

Malin André*, Annika Andén, Lars Borgquist and Carl Edvard Rudebeck

BMC Family Practice 2012, 13:38  doi:10.1186/1471-2296-13-38

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No evidence that skills have been developed through experience.

Christopher Weatherburn   (2012-10-01 11:05)  NHS Education for Scotland

Interesting study however I do disagree with how the article has ended:

"Our results indicate that the GPs seem to recognise immediately both problems and persons, hence the quintessence of the expert skill of the GP as developed through experience. "

This is an assumption that these relatively senior GPs studied have developed expert skill through experience. There is no control group of less experienced GPs doing the same task. There is a possibility that less senior GPs could have performed better if also studied.

Competing interests

Nil to declare. I work as a GP and Health Inequalities Fellow in Scotland


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