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Confidentiality: When can GPs disclose information to the police?
In the first of a series on the GMC's new confidentiality guidance, Dr Catherine Wills, MDU deputy head of advisory services, looks at some common scenarios about disclosing information to police. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - April 18, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 3.3 Ethics and Values Based Medicine Source Type: news

GP dilemma: Child malnutrition
How do I deal with parents who I think may not be feeding their child properly? (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - April 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

Emotional distress in children and young people
How to recognise emotional distress in children and young people and when to refer to mental health services. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - April 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

How GPs can ensure they are prescribing safely
Dr Alex Watson explains how a template developed for the RCGP's Membership by Assessment of Performance (MAP) scheme can help GPs assess their prescribing practice. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - April 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GPconnect Source Type: news

Dermatological conditions in pigmented skin
Diagnosing and managing conditions specific to pigmented skin. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - April 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Endometrial cancer: clinical review
Risk factors for endometrial cancer, management options, conducting a physical examination, prognosis and follow-up. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - April 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 10.1 Women's Health Source Type: news

Abnormal vaginal discharge - red flag symptoms
Red flag symptoms in patients with vaginal discharge, including possible causes and how to identify these. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 29, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 10.1 Women's Health Source Type: news

Getting the most out of your appraisal
Advice to help GPs prepare for their annual appraisal. By Dr Marika Davies from Medical Protection. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP careers Source Type: news

Fever in children - red flag symptoms
Red flag symptoms to look out for in a child presenting with pyrexia of unknown origin. Plus advice on key questions to ask, examination and investigation, possible causes and when to refer. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 14, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

Fever of unknown origin in children - red flag symptoms
Red flag symptoms to look out for in a child presenting with pyrexia of unknown origin. Plus advice on key questions to ask, examination and investigation, possible causes and when to refer. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 14, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

A patient-centric approach to consent
MDDUS medical adviser Dr Naeem Nazem explains a legal change in focus relating to patient consent and what it means for GPs. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 9, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 2 The General Practice Consultation Source Type: news

End-of-life care scenario: managing hepatic failure
As GPs become more involved with palliative care, they are dealing with more complex cases. This scenario involves a 67-year old man with hepatic failure and covers 'do not attempt CPR' orders and emergency healthcare plans (EHCPs). (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - March 8, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 12 Care of People with Cancer and Palliative Care Source Type: news

Weight faltering and failure to thrive
Advice on helping parents to manage feeding difficulties, excluding medical problems and when to refer. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - February 22, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

Managing cows' milk allergy in primary care
Dr Joanne Walsh highlights the challenges of diagnosing cows' milk protein allergy in infants. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - February 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

Acute erythematous rashes in children
Infectious causes of erythematous rashes in children and important differential diagnoses. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - February 8, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

The audio clinical observation tool (COT) in GP training
Dr Prashini Naidoo explains why the audio COT forms part of a GP trainee's workplace based assessment and how it is conducted and assessed. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: WBA Source Type: news

GP training: Five things I've learnt from general practice
GP registrar Dr Patrice Baptiste reflects on what she has learned so far in her time in general practice. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 26, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP training Source Type: news

Vulval pain: clinical review
Vulval pain is a relatively common condition. Dr Abdelmageed Abdelrahman discusses causes, the distinction between provoked and unprovoked vulval pain, and the evidence base for available treatments. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 25, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 10.1 Women's Health Source Type: news

GP training: 5 common prescribing pitfalls and how to avoid them
MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Beverley Ward highlights the five most common prescribing errors in general practice. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 19, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP training Source Type: news

Fever in adults - red flag symptoms
This article provides an overview of the red flag symptoms that should prompt an urgent secondary care assessment. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 17, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Infections and infestations Source Type: news

Preparing for appraisal as a GP locum
Some aspects of appraisal can be more challenging for locum GPs. Dr Anna Cumisky provides an overview of the things you should consider when preparing for appraisal. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

How to look after your health and avoid a GMC complaint
In these high-pressure times, MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Nicola Lennard discusses how GPs can look after their health and avoid ending up the subject of a complaint at the GMC. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP careers Source Type: news

Vascular conditions: differential diagnosis
Differential diagnoses of conditions including strawberry naevus, spider naevus, cherry haemangioma and telangiectasia. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Reflecting on significant events during GP training
Significant event analysis should form part of your learning log during GP training. Dr Prashini Naidoo explains how to record significant events and how they will be assessed by your trainer. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP training Source Type: news

Acne vulgaris: clinical review
Prompt diagnosis and initiation of treatment are an important part of successful therapy in patients who have acne, with a particular focus on psychological impact and avoidance of scarring. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - January 4, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

What GPs can learn from patient complaints
A recent survey by Medical Protection found that most GPs believe patient complaints can provide an opportunity to make improvements to their practice. Vanessa Perrott explains what GPs can learn from complaints. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - December 21, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Medico-legal Source Type: news

Preparing for your educational supervisor's review (ESR)
Advice to help GP registrars to prepare for their ESR, including how to collect evidence for self-rating and how to demonstrate you meet each competence area. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - December 14, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP training Source Type: news

Obesity - the single biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking
Most people are unaware that obesity is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer. New research, part-funded by Cancer Research UK, reveals how GPs can encourage weight loss in patients in just 30 seconds. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - December 14, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: 5 Healthy People Source Type: news

Cardiovascular complications of renal disease
Aetiology and management of risk factors for cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease and the use of beta-blockers, statins, diuretics and anticoagulants in controlling progression of disease. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - December 13, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.1 Cardiovascular Problems Source Type: news

GP training: Dealing with your first complaint
There is every chance that you will need to respond to a complaint at some point in your career. MDU medico-legal adviser Dr Nicola Lennard explains what you should do. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - December 6, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP training Source Type: news

Case study: A new, solitary lesion on pigmented skin
A male patient of Asian origin presented with a new, solitary pigmented lesion on his back. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - December 6, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Dermatology Source Type: news

Atopic eczema: clinical review
The causes of atopic eczema and advice on managing the condition, including diagnostic criteria, clinical presentation, the role of antihistamines and patient education. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - November 28, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Bacterial infection: illustrated
Presentations of infections including an infected sebaceous cyst, tonsillitis, a dental abscess, mycoplasma pneumonia and mastitis. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - November 28, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Infections and infestations Source Type: news

Skin changes and complaints in pregnancy
Diagnosis and management of the main skin conditions affecting pregnant women. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - November 22, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Food allergy in infants, NSAIDs and Bell's palsy: journals update November 2016
Recent research of interest to GPs. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - November 22, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Allergic disorders Source Type: news

Dealing with your first death as a GP
Handling the death of a patient as a GP can be a very different experience to dealing with death while on hospital rotations. Medical Protection's Dr Ewen Ross explains the challenges this can present. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - November 17, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: 12 Care of People with Cancer and Palliative Care Source Type: news

Influenza: clinical review
The clinical features of influenza, the risk groups for serious illness, plus advice on treatment, prophylaxis and recognising complications. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - November 15, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.8 Respiratory Problems Source Type: news

Steroid-induced hyperglycaemia
The risk of steroid-induced hyperglycaemia in patients with or without diabetes, with advice on managing patients on insulin who require steroids and controlling blood glucose in patients at the end of life. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - November 14, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Diabetes Source Type: news

Dermatology: five pictorial cases and outcomes
Five illustrated cases of skin conditions, including pityriasis/tinea amiantacea, morphea (localised scleroderma), nicorandil-induced ulceration and two cases showing the effectiveness of topical chemotherapy agents in skin dysplasia. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - November 8, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Spotting and referring oral cancer early
November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, which is now the 14th most common cancer in the UK. Professor Richard Shaw explains the importance of prevention, early diagnosis and highlights red flag symptoms. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - November 4, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.4 ENT and Facial Problems Source Type: news

How to assess a patient's capacity - advice for GP registrars
Dr Edward Farnan of the MDU looks at one of the most complex medico-legal challenges in general practice. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - November 2, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP training Source Type: news

Bronchiectasis: clinical review
The causes of bronchiectasis, investigations to conduct, managing exacerbations and when to refer. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - November 1, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Respiratory system Source Type: news

Skin reactions to wound dressings
The importance of careful selection of wound dressings in order to minimise allergic reactions. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - November 1, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Dermatology Source Type: news

Premature ovarian insufficiency: clinical review
Diagnosis and management of premature ovarian insufficiency (POI), including clinical features, investigations to conduct, lifestyle and hormone treatment and prognosis. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - October 25, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: 10.1 Women's Health Source Type: news

Paediatric problems: illustrated
Presentations of haemangioma, atopic eczema, rhabdomyosarcoma and precocious puberty. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - October 25, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: 8 Care of Children and Young People Source Type: news

Dealing with a patient's DNAR request
On a home visit a patient asks the GP to include a do not attempt resuscitation (DNAR) order in their medical record. Medical Protection's Dr John McGuire provides advice on how to approach this situation. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - October 21, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Medico-legal Source Type: news

Advising couples on subfertility
Factors causing subfertility, including advice to give couples and when further investigation is required. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - October 17, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Sexual health Source Type: news

Skin conditions in young children
The diagnosis and management of four common skin conditions affecting young children: atopic eczema, impetigo, hand, foot and mouth disease and measles and morbilliform rashes. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - October 17, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.10 Skin Problems Source Type: news

Half of patients think GPs should always give them the treatment or referral they demand
Half of patients now Google their symptoms before visiting a GP and believe that family doctors should always provide the prescription, treatment or referral they request, according to a poll commissioned by a medico-legal organisation. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - October 12, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Unintentional weight gain - red flag symptoms
Recognising red flags in cases of unintentional weight gain, with advice on questions to ask, how to examine a patient and when to refer. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - October 11, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Red flag symptoms Source Type: news