Safety-netting advice is information shared with a patient or their carer designed to help them identify the need to seek further medical help if their condition fails to improve, changes or if they have concerns about their health.
Safety-netting is currently taught as part of the Royal College of General Practitioners curriculum, and listed in multiple clinical guidelines and professional standards. However, little is known about how and when GPs actually give safety-netting advice.
To understand this better, Dr Peter Edwards from the University of Bristol evaluated the contents of 318 GP consultations.
At this lunchtime seminar, Dr Edwards will present the results of the study, documenting how the advice was delivered, how patients responded and which factors were associated with higher or lower rates of safety-netting advice.
Dr Peter Edwards
GP Academic Clinical Fellow
University of Bristol