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Letters Safety netting

Time for guidelines on safety netting?

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 05 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6411
  1. Peter J Edwards, research associate,
  2. James O Seddon, academic clinical fellow GP specialist trainee year 4,
  3. Rebecca K Barnes, senior research fellow in applied conversation analysis
  1. Centre for Academic Primary Care, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PS, UK
  1. peter.edwards{at}

Nicholson and colleagues say that safety netting “has come to be regarded as ‘best practice’ in relation to cancer diagnosis in non-specialist settings.”1 Safety netting is widely endorsed across a range of conditions by multiple professional institutes, but there is limited research evidence to guide clinicians and no widely accepted definition. NICE provides two different definitions in separate guidelines,2 3 which both differ from that of the RCGP curriculum.4

One possible …

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