Table 1.

Safety netting as defined in the literature

DefinitionCitation
Ablett-Spence, 201243Almond, 200913Balla, 201237Bankhead, 201116Bertheloot, 201638Buntinx, 201136Campion-Smith, 20176CRUK, 20165Chafer, 200319de Vos-Kerkhof, 201553Hirst, 201844Jones, 201346Jones, 201447Kaufman, 200820McKelvey, 201021MDDUS, 201623MDU, 201822Mitchell, 201349Morgan, 201425NPSA, 201051Neighbour, 198714NICE, 20158NICE, 20139Nicholson, 201655Pearson, 200727Rees, 201752Roland, 201433RCGP, 201128Singh, 201629Walter, 201441
Consultation technique
Tool to manage diagnostic uncertainty
Mechanism to inform patients of red-flag symptoms
Contingency plan or patient review
Provision of information to ensure patients re-present
Means of empowering patients
Observation for/following potentially serious illness
Active monitoring of patients
Follow-up and monitoring of investigations
Follow-up and monitoring of urgent referrals
Administrative process
Medicolegal protection for doctor
  • CRUK = Cancer Research UK. MDDUS = Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland. MDU = Medical Defence Union. NICE = National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. NPSA = National Patient Safety Agency. RCGP = Royal College of General Practitioners.