Don’t worry, be happy

GPs are pretty good at reassuring worried patients, a study shows, but a little more skill with “breaking the good news” could come in handy.

Reassuring patients that their symptoms are not caused by a serious disease is one of the most common interventions in primary care but there has been a paucity of research identifying proven strategies.

As a result, many GPs are unsure “what works, when, for whom and why”, the researchers say, while medical students appear to get little training in