Anne Stephenson, Reader in Medical Education at King’s College London recently wrote a detailed review in Education for Primary Care see
Mapping uncertainty in medicine: What do you do when you don’t know what to do?
.Stephenson, A. E. 21 Dec 2016 In : Education for Primary Care. 2, 6, p. 509
“All in all, I found this to be an excellent book, well organised and referenced, with many interesting, helpful and succinct case-studies that we would all recognise (for example on making effective referrals)…….I am certainly going to use the book in developing our undergraduate medical teaching sessions on uncertainty, as well as experiment using the framework in clinical meetings, and I would suggest others do the same”
“The core of the book is the Map of Uncertainty in Medicine”. This new algorithm places medical uncertainty into four quadrants;diagnostic uncertainty, divided into “analyzing” when one work with an individual and “networking” when a group works with an individual; and management uncertainty, divided into “negotiating” for individual relations and “team-working” for the group situation”…..this algorithm works just as well with a “learner ” or “educationalist”……all in all I found this to be an excellent book, well organised and referenced, with many interesting, helpful and succinct case-studies that we would all recognise…I am certainly going to use the book in developing our undergraduate medical teaching sessions on uncertainty as well as experiment with using the framework in clinical meetings and I would suggest others do the same”
Anne Stephenson, Medical Education. King’s College London
“Primary health care teams deal with uncertainty each day, usually without it intruding into consciousness. This book helped me classify and clarify the management of uncertainty in ways that I have never considered previously.
The algorithm has changed how I consider uncertainty – I commend the authors for a unique approach to this area of primary care. The book is relevant to everyone who consults in primary care ” Dr Rob Stokes Health Education England North West
“It’s a wonderful book. I wish I had it in my general practice library when I was at the coal face and teaching young GPs. The production quality is great, the cartoons are wonderful and the ideas are stimulating. You will find yourself dipping in and out of the book, coming back to it regularly, and each time being provoked and challenged.” Dr Brian O’Mahony, National GPIT project manager (Ireland), specialist in Health Informatics with a background in general practice.
“Mapping Uncertainty in Medicine is optimistic and practical… over 25 realistic scenarios covering a wide range of clinical problems… enlivened by Andy Howarth’s apposite and witty cartoons, Mapping Uncertainty in Medicine is easy to read, clear, logical and well signposted.I wish this book had been available to me earlier, during my GP training and throughout my medical career.”Dr Mary Anderson GP Apppraiser
“Excellent book! It deserves to be read slowly and carefully…uncertainty must be one of the most challenging and nebulous concepts to explore and yet you have done it so effectively… for us practising GPs it will raise awareness and therefore develop skills and for those new to GP it will give them a clearer insight into how we can suddenly move in a different direction or tackle something that seems unsolvable.” Dr Roy Wallworth GP Trainer Associate GP Dean HEENW