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GPs urged to be cautious when assessing patients’ fitness for endurance sports

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1890 (Published 18 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1890
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

GPs should be careful not to act outside of their competence when asked to declare that their patients are fit to participate in marathons, medical defence experts have said.

The Medical Protection Society (MPS) issued the advice after questions from GPs about whether to sign “fitness to participate” forms for patients before training for marathons or other sporting events when their clinical knowledge may be insufficient to deem the patient fit to take part.

The MPS said …

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