Information seeking in primary care: how physicians choose which clinical questions to pursue and which to leave unanswered.

Gorman PN, Helfand M. Information seeking in primary care: how physicians choose which clinical questions to pursue and which to leave unanswered. Med Decis Making. 1995 Apr-Jun;15(2):113-9.

  • Primary care physicians have many clinical questions while they are seeing patients, but they pursue only about 30% of their questions.
  • Two primary factors determined which questions were pursued: the physician's belief that a definitive answer existed, and the urgency of the patient's problem.