No name (Safety netting communication behaviors in primary care encounters)


Developers: Peter J. Edwards, Matthew J. Ridd, Emily Sanderson, Rebecca K. Barnes

Year of publication: 2019

Date last updated: 7 June 2024

Setting in which the tool was originally developed/validated: Primary care

Restriction to setting(s): Primary care consultations

Target group: Primary care providers; Patients in primary care

Language(s): English


Specific constructs/behaviours:

SEE SUBSCALES: Four main types of codes:
1. administrative codes (assigned study identification number, how many problems were raised
during consultation, and the type of problem using the International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC-2) classification);
2. safety netting contextual codes (4 codes: diagnostic uncertainty, expected time course of illness, follow-up, follow-up documentation)
3. safety-netting advice codes (14 codes: eg applicable on problem, treatment or management plan or both, stage of the consultation, who initiated the advice: clinician or patient, strength of endorsement, action advised, patient response: no response, resists, nods, acknowledgement or accepts, patient questions)
an additional optional set of problem contextual codes (eg the nature of the problem, for example acute or chronic)

Tool topics:

Information giving / providing information / explanation and planning

Intended application: Research

Reference(s) to development/validation paper(s):

Peter J Edwards , Matthew J Ridd, Emily Sanderson, Rebecca K Barnes.  Development of a tool for coding safety-netting behaviours in primary care: a mixed-methods study using existing UK consultation recordings. Br J Gen Pract. 2019 Nov 28;69(689):e869-e877.

Reference links:

Tool/manual available: Yes. (The final codebook and coding tool are included as Supplementary Tables 1 and 4 to the paper (see Figures & Dara, see Supplementary data))