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Managing diagnostic uncertainty in primary care: a systematic critical review.

Alam R, Cheraghi-Sohi S, Panagioti M, et al. BMC family practice. 2017;18:79.

A recent commentary described fear of uncertainty as a contributor to diagnostic error. This systematic review developed a framework for how primary care clinicians manage uncertainty, consisting of cognitive, emotional, and ethical domains. However, the review identified little data on best ways to support clinicians in handling uncertainty.