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'Gut Feelings' Matter in Dx of Kids' Infections

Physicians should pay attention to their "gut feeling" that something may be seriously wrong when assessing a child with an infectious disease -- even if the clinical appearance is reassuring -- an observational study suggested.

Among 3,369 children whose primary care evaluation did not suggest a serious illness, six (0.2%) ultimately were admitted to the hospital with a severe infection, according to Ann Van den Bruel, MD, PhD, of the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter in Oxford, England, and colleagues.

The clinician's gut feeling that the child was seriously ill considerably increased the chance that a severe infection was present, with a likelihood ratio of 25.5 (95% CI 7.9 to 82), and heeding the feeling might have prevented two cases from being overlooked (33%, 95% CI 0.95 to 1.75), the researchers reported online in BMJ.
 
 

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  1. Very interesting article! We know that gut feelings hold information about the impact of our life upon us and they are the key to our feeling memories and patterns of intuitive experiences. Gut feelings reveal our unconscious information and often this information comes to our awareness before our conscious information. That is why a painting we create today may hold clues to what we will consciously learn about ourselves in the future and the bases for exploring art as therapy. It stands to reason that physicians would become aware of their unconscious accumulated information from past cases through their gut feelings long before the actually data for a conscious diagnosis. You may like to visit http://careerstorefront.angelfire.com to find out more about this book and the research behind it. To read an excerpt join us at: http://instinctualgutfeelings.blogspot.com

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