In my most recent blog on the Huffington Post UK – called Medical Mistakes and the Intuition Factor – an amazingly courageous and forthright doctor spills the beans about errors in medical practice, but touches on a quality that might make a difference. Here is an excerpt from the article.
How then can the element of “human error” be kept to a minimum?
In recounting his story of Mrs Drucker, Dr Goldman touched on a quality which he clearly felt would have made all the difference that day: the humility to trust intuition.
He recalled that in sending her home prematurely he “disregarded a little voice, deep down inside, that was trying to tell me ‘Goldman, [that’s] not a good idea, don’t do this'”.
A comment posted by another physician about her own Med School experience echoes this need to listen to that intuitive sense. “I was never warned against my inner voice during my training, just that intuition should be backed by study, sound medical evidence, and experience.”
The acknowledgment that an “inner voice” and knowledge are both viable components of health care is significant…