Cultivating doctors’ gut feeling: Experience, temporality and politics of gut-feelings in family medicine

Benedikte Møller Kristensen, Rikke Sand Andersen*, Brian Nicholson, Sue Ziebland, Claire Friedemann Smith

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For the past decade, within family medicine there has been a focus on cultivating doctors gut feelings as ‘a way of knowing’ in cancer diagnostics. In this paper, building on interviews with family doctors in Oxford shire, UK we explore the embodied and temporal dimensions of clinical reasoning and how the cultivation of doctors’ gut feelings is related to hierarchies of medical knowledge, professional training, and doctors’ fears of litigation. Also, we suggest that the introduction of gut feeling in clinical practice is an attempt to develop a theory of clinical reasoning that fits the biopolitics of our contemporary. The turn towards predictive medicine and the values introduced by accelerated diagnostic regimes, we conclude, introduce a need for situated and embodied modes of reading bodies. We contribute theoretically by framing our analysis within a sensorial anthropology approach.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftCulture, Medicine and Psychiatry
Vol/bind46
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)564-581
ISSN0165-005X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2022

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