Handling risk, uncertainty, and complexity

Helen Reid*, Jenny Johnston, Amanda Barnard

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review


Family medicine offers undifferentiated problems, multimorbidity, and social complexity intrinsically linked to clinical uncertainty and managing risk, uncomfortable and challenging aspects for students. Undergraduates can learn to avoid overdiagnosis, investigation, and treatment and potential iatrogenic harm. The concept of “clinical courage” and other practical approaches are introduced to support students.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFamily medicine in the undergraduate curriculum: preparing medical students to work in evolving health care systems
EditorsVal Wass, Victor Ng
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781003325734
ISBN (Print)9781032351858, 9781032351841
Publication statusPublished - 06 Oct 2023

Publication series

NameWONCA Family Medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Health Professions(all)


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