A hundred years ago, treatment errors were common. To counter this, a range of strategies and interventions were put in place to reduce the risk of this happening to patients. Treatment has become much safer as a result. More recently, attention has been focused on developing ways to manage the risks posed by diagnostic uncertainty and incorrect diagnoses during consultations, as studies have shown that these are both relatively common in primary care and have the potential to cause serious harm to patients and the GP’s who care for them. This two part series will help you to understand why these events happen and what you can do to manage diagnostic risk more safely. Delegates must sign up to the two sessions separately (Tuesday 16 May 2023 and Tuesday 20 June 2023) to complete the course, however each part can be undertaken as a stand alone session.
This session will discuss:
- How to improve your safety-netting skills
- Why diagnostic uncertainty and incorrect diagnoses are relatively common in primary care
- How to decide whether to refer, review or safety-net a patient
- Why telling a patient to “come back if it gets worse” is good for the GP but not the patient
- How to deliver the right advice, in the right way
Dr Emma Salik, GP, Faculty Education Lead, RCGP Beds and Herts
Dr Paul Silverston, Visiting Professor of Primary Care at The University of Suffolk and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
AiT – £50
Member – £75
Non-member – £100
Part 2 of this series entitled How to bring a patient safety focus to your consultations, will take place on Tuesday 20 June 2023, 13:00 – 16:00. Delegates will be required to sign up separately in order to be registered for the session. Register for Part 2 here.