Scientific article

A GP’s clinical reasoning in the context of multimorbidity: beyond the perception of an intuitive approach

Published inFamily practice, cmac076
Publication date2022-07-18
First online date2022-07-18

Introduction: GP’s clinical reasoning processes in the context of patients suffering from multimorbidity are often a process which remains implicit. Therefore, the goal of this case study analysis is to gain a better understanding of the processes at play in the management of patients suffering from multimorbidity.

Methods: A case study analysis, using a qualitative thematic analysis was conducted. This case follows a 54-year-old woman who has been under the care of her GP for almost 10 years and suffers from a number of chronic conditions. The clinical reasoning of an experienced GP who can explicitly unfold his processes was chosen for this case analysis.

Results: Four main themes emerged from this case analysis: The different roles that GPs have to manage; the GP’s cognitive flexibility and continual adaptation of their clinical reasoning processes, the patient’s empowerment, and the challenges related to the collaboration with specialists and healthcare professionals.

Conclusion: This could help GPs gain a clearer understanding of their clinical reasoning processes and motivate them to communicate their findings with others during clinical supervision or teaching. Furthermore, this may emphasize the importance of valuing the role of the primary care physician in the management of multimorbid patients.

  • Case study
  • Clinical reasoning
  • General practitioners
  • Multimorbidity
  • Qualitative research
Citation (ISO format)
SADER, Julia et al. A GP’s clinical reasoning in the context of multimorbidity: beyond the perception of an intuitive approach. In: Family practice, 2022, p. cmac076. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmac076
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ISSN of the journal0263-2136

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