Can Emergency Doctors’ Tolerance of Uncertainty Impact on Patient Outcomes and Resource Utilisation?


Optimal decision making in ED requires clinicians to balance risk and reward; a balance moderated by the degree to which individual clinicians can tolerate the uncertainty inherent in their decisions.

Our Urgent and Emergency Care and Improvement Science themes undertook a mixed methods study to assess the degree to which uncertainty tolerance in ED impacts on actual clinical decisions – such as the decision to admit patients, or the ordering of diagnostic tests. The study also measured key correlates of uncertainty tolerance – such as personality characteristics, demographics, experiences and so on – to identify moderators of the trait, and potentially modifiable intervention targets.



Sub-theme: Workforce and clinical decision-making


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