A pilot study to address tolerance of uncertainty among family medicine residents

Deborah A. Taylor, Bethany J. Picker, Donald R. Woolever, Erin K. Thayer, Ari B. Galper, Patricia (Patty) Carney

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Because patients often present to their family physicians with undifferentiated medical problems, uncertainty is common. Family medicine residents must manage both the ambiguity inherent in the field as well as the very real uncertainty of learning to become a skilled physician with little experience to serve as a guide. The purpose of this analysis was to assess the impact of a new curriculum on family medicine residents’ tolerance of ambiguity. METHODS: We conducted an exploratory quasi-experimental study to assess the impact of a novel curriculum designed to improve family medicine residents’ tolerance of ambiguity. Four different surveys were administered to 25 family medicine residents at different stages in their training prior to and immediately and 6 months after the new curriculum. RESULTS: Although many constructs remained unchanged with the intervention, one important construct, namely perceived threats of ambiguity, showed significant and sustained improvement relative to before undertaking this curriculum (score of 26.2 prior to the intervention, 22.1 immediately after, and 22.0 6 months after the intervention). CONCLUSIONS: A new curriculum designed to improve tolerance to ambiguity appears to reduce the perceived threats of ambiguity in this small exploratory study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-538
Number of pages8
JournalFamily Medicine
Volume50
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

Fingerprint

Curriculum
Uncertainty
Medicine
Family Physicians
Learning
Physicians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice

Cite this

Taylor, D. A., Picker, B. J., Woolever, D. R., Thayer, E. K., Galper, A. B., & Carney, P. P. (2018). A pilot study to address tolerance of uncertainty among family medicine residents. Family Medicine, 50(7), 531-538. https://doi.org/10.22454/FamMed.2018.634768

A pilot study to address tolerance of uncertainty among family medicine residents. / Taylor, Deborah A.; Picker, Bethany J.; Woolever, Donald R.; Thayer, Erin K.; Galper, Ari B.; Carney, Patricia (Patty).

In: Family Medicine, Vol. 50, No. 7, 01.07.2018, p. 531-538.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Taylor, DA, Picker, BJ, Woolever, DR, Thayer, EK, Galper, AB & Carney, PP 2018, 'A pilot study to address tolerance of uncertainty among family medicine residents', Family Medicine, vol. 50, no. 7, pp. 531-538. https://doi.org/10.22454/FamMed.2018.634768
Taylor, Deborah A. ; Picker, Bethany J. ; Woolever, Donald R. ; Thayer, Erin K. ; Galper, Ari B. ; Carney, Patricia (Patty). / A pilot study to address tolerance of uncertainty among family medicine residents. In: Family Medicine. 2018 ; Vol. 50, No. 7. pp. 531-538.
@article{2810b60c3b454617beff2b7aa907e8bd,
title = "A pilot study to address tolerance of uncertainty among family medicine residents",
abstract = "BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Because patients often present to their family physicians with undifferentiated medical problems, uncertainty is common. Family medicine residents must manage both the ambiguity inherent in the field as well as the very real uncertainty of learning to become a skilled physician with little experience to serve as a guide. The purpose of this analysis was to assess the impact of a new curriculum on family medicine residents’ tolerance of ambiguity. METHODS: We conducted an exploratory quasi-experimental study to assess the impact of a novel curriculum designed to improve family medicine residents’ tolerance of ambiguity. Four different surveys were administered to 25 family medicine residents at different stages in their training prior to and immediately and 6 months after the new curriculum. RESULTS: Although many constructs remained unchanged with the intervention, one important construct, namely perceived threats of ambiguity, showed significant and sustained improvement relative to before undertaking this curriculum (score of 26.2 prior to the intervention, 22.1 immediately after, and 22.0 6 months after the intervention). CONCLUSIONS: A new curriculum designed to improve tolerance to ambiguity appears to reduce the perceived threats of ambiguity in this small exploratory study.",
author = "Taylor, {Deborah A.} and Picker, {Bethany J.} and Woolever, {Donald R.} and Thayer, {Erin K.} and Galper, {Ari B.} and Carney, {Patricia (Patty)}",
year = "2018",
month = "7",
day = "1",
doi = "10.22454/FamMed.2018.634768",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "50",
pages = "531--538",
journal = "Family Medicine",
issn = "0742-3225",
publisher = "Society of Teachers of Family Medicine",
number = "7",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - A pilot study to address tolerance of uncertainty among family medicine residents

AU - Taylor, Deborah A.

AU - Picker, Bethany J.

AU - Woolever, Donald R.

AU - Thayer, Erin K.

AU - Galper, Ari B.

AU - Carney, Patricia (Patty)

PY - 2018/7/1

Y1 - 2018/7/1

N2 - BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Because patients often present to their family physicians with undifferentiated medical problems, uncertainty is common. Family medicine residents must manage both the ambiguity inherent in the field as well as the very real uncertainty of learning to become a skilled physician with little experience to serve as a guide. The purpose of this analysis was to assess the impact of a new curriculum on family medicine residents’ tolerance of ambiguity. METHODS: We conducted an exploratory quasi-experimental study to assess the impact of a novel curriculum designed to improve family medicine residents’ tolerance of ambiguity. Four different surveys were administered to 25 family medicine residents at different stages in their training prior to and immediately and 6 months after the new curriculum. RESULTS: Although many constructs remained unchanged with the intervention, one important construct, namely perceived threats of ambiguity, showed significant and sustained improvement relative to before undertaking this curriculum (score of 26.2 prior to the intervention, 22.1 immediately after, and 22.0 6 months after the intervention). CONCLUSIONS: A new curriculum designed to improve tolerance to ambiguity appears to reduce the perceived threats of ambiguity in this small exploratory study.

AB - BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Because patients often present to their family physicians with undifferentiated medical problems, uncertainty is common. Family medicine residents must manage both the ambiguity inherent in the field as well as the very real uncertainty of learning to become a skilled physician with little experience to serve as a guide. The purpose of this analysis was to assess the impact of a new curriculum on family medicine residents’ tolerance of ambiguity. METHODS: We conducted an exploratory quasi-experimental study to assess the impact of a novel curriculum designed to improve family medicine residents’ tolerance of ambiguity. Four different surveys were administered to 25 family medicine residents at different stages in their training prior to and immediately and 6 months after the new curriculum. RESULTS: Although many constructs remained unchanged with the intervention, one important construct, namely perceived threats of ambiguity, showed significant and sustained improvement relative to before undertaking this curriculum (score of 26.2 prior to the intervention, 22.1 immediately after, and 22.0 6 months after the intervention). CONCLUSIONS: A new curriculum designed to improve tolerance to ambiguity appears to reduce the perceived threats of ambiguity in this small exploratory study.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85049440777&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85049440777&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.22454/FamMed.2018.634768

DO - 10.22454/FamMed.2018.634768

M3 - Article

C2 - 30005116

AN - SCOPUS:85049440777

VL - 50

SP - 531

EP - 538

JO - Family Medicine

JF - Family Medicine

SN - 0742-3225

IS - 7

ER -