This guide to quality coding and safety netting for cancer diagnosis aims to enhance patient safety by having the most up-to-date and connected information about your patient at your fingertips, regardless of how long you have known the patient.
Diagnosis of cancer in primary care remains difficult due to the relative infrequency of cancer whereas symptoms are common and often nonspecific. Safety netting is a consultation technique used to ensure the timely re-appraisal of the patient’s problem.
Since Read coding is a universal phenomenon, the remit of this document is for EMIS Web but the principle extends to other systems.
Following the guidance will lead to more meaningful results from risk assessment tools, like QCancer. Together, these processes will reduce misses, lead to earlier cancer referrals and early detection, as well as improved screening and care for patients who have survived cancer.
There are no standards to coding and safety netting at present.