Presentation on safety netting for cancer diagnosis in primary carePublished: 22nd December 2016
This presentation introduces safety netting for cancer diagnosis in primary care and aims to support healthcare professionals to detect cancers earlier and minimise delayed diagnoses.
A missed or delayed cancer diagnosis is certainly a fear amongst the public and the medical profession. As no diagnostic test or clinical decision is ever 100% sensitive a missed diagnosis is a high probability in primary care.
In the cancer realm individuals present at different stages in the evolution of their illness and the ‘red flag’ signs and symptoms may be absent or not present at all until the disease has progressed to a late stage.
Safety netting can be viewed as a ‘diagnostic strategy’ or ‘consultation technique’ to ensure timely re-appraisal of a patient’s condition Safety netting is particularly important for conditions such as suspected cancer where patients present infrequently and symptoms can be common and non-specific.