Safety netting is often viewed as a consultation technique (to ensure timely review of a patient's condition), but it is particularly important for conditions such as suspected cancer where patients may present infrequently and symptoms can be common and non-specific, such as pain or fatigue.
The British Tinnitus Association is trying to raise awareness of tinnitus this week, in Tinnitus Awareness Week. In a recent interview with their Chief Executive, David Stockdale, he made it clear that no matter how hard we as GPs work to help our patients with severe tinnitus, their perception is that they aren't getting the support they need.
Globally, the average adult today is three times more likely to be obese compared to the average adult in 1975. So, how can we tackle this problem? As a doctor, you really need to start this conversation with your patients.
Choosing Wisely UK is part of a global initiative aimed at improving conversations between patients and their doctors and nurses. A study last year found that 82% of doctors said they had prescribed or carried out a treatment which they knew to be unnecessary.
Antibiotics have been one of the major advances in medicine over the last century and have (with vaccination) led to the near eradication of diseases such as tuberculosis in the developed world. Unfortunately, their effectiveness and easy access
The career of a GP can be peppered with tragic events, professional and personal. Perhaps none could be more poignant than the unexpected death of a child. This child was a few days from their 12th birthday and a typical football playing, wise-cracking young man who was unfortunate in having asthma.
In 1939 the American baseball player Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) - most commonly, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AML) - usually referred to as 'Lou Gehrig's disease' in North America. This forced him to retire at age 36 and was the cause of his death two years later.
It's always with us - the fear. The fear of having it and dying. The fear of losing someone we love because of it. The fear of missing it (as a diagnosis). One of my safety-netting thoughts has changed little over my 20 years as a GP; could this be cancer?