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Table 1 Physician management of patients with sore throat in relation to strategy for coping with uncertainty

From: Uncertainty in clinical practice – an interview study with Swedish GPs on patients with sore throat

  Uncertainty and coping strategies
  Uncertainty avoided through adherence to guidelines Uncertainty avoided through clinical picture and CRP Uncertainty balanced through expanded control Unstructured and uncertainty prevails
Attitude to guidelines Guidelines trusted Guidelines of little concern for clinical practice Guidelines of little concern for clinical practice Guidelines trusted
Diagnosis of GAS Adherent to guidelines Non-adherent to guidelines Non-adherent to guidelines Non-adherent to guidelines
Differential diagnoses (DD) and complications DD and complications retrieved in guidelines DD and complications also retrieved outside guidelines DD and complications retrieved in guidelines DD and complications also retrieved outside guidelines
Fear of bad outcomes No fear described No fear described Fear described Fear described
DD and complications possible to identify DD possible to identify DD possible to identify DD possible to identify DD not possible to identify