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Table 4 Tolerance of risk and uncertainty, dimension A

From: Chest pain out-of-hours – an interview study of primary care physicians’ diagnostic approach, tolerance of risk and attitudes to hospital admission

  Level of agreement  
  Agree strongly Agree a little Neither agree nor disagree Disagree a little Disagree strongly Mean value
  (5) (4) (3) (2) (1)  
Tolerance of risk and uncertainty – all patients out-of-hours (OOH)*       
1. When it comes to OOH-medicine I’m quite cautious 13 51 12 22 2 3.5
2. As an OOH-physician you think that you can deal with most things most of the time 18 63 6 11 2 3.8
3. I think my risk assessment is reasonably good, and I’m reasonably safe 27 67 4 2 0 4.2
4. All OOH-physicians take risks; it’s risk assessment OOH all the time (n = 99) 17 29 21 31 1 3.3
5. OOH-physicians are good at living with uncertainty and risk 9 48 31 11 1 3.5
6. I don’t worry about my decisions after I’ve made them 8 42 4 41 5 3.1
7. I sometimes go back and check on the patient’s outcome after a shift has finished 10 41 12 26 11 3.1
  1. Five-point Likert scale (n = 100, unless otherwise stated).
  2. (*Dimension A of the questionnaire. The seven items were used to create the Tolerance of Risk scale).