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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1978 June; 28(191): 343–346.
PMCID: PMC2158856

Tolerating uncertainty in family medicine


In family practice, early undifferentiated signs and symptoms dominate many consultations. A physician must learn to tolerate uncertainty in addition to managing well-defined pathological processes. A series of steps are presented on how to approach the uncertain. I hope these will stimulate further comment and help to develop a body of organized and testable knowledge on the skills of managing the uncertain problems in family practice.

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  • Spooner MA. Dealing with uncertainty in family medicine. J Fam Pract. 1975 Dec;2(6):471–472. [PubMed]

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