Multidisciplinary teams in cancer care: are they effective in the UK?

Fleissig, A., Jenkins, V. A., Catt, S. L. and Fallowfield, L. J. (2006) Multidisciplinary teams in cancer care: are they effective in the UK? Lancet Oncology, 7 (11). pp. 935-43. ISSN 1470-2045

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Abstract

Cancer care can be complex, and given the wide range and numbers of health-care professionals involved, an enormous potential for poor coordination and miscommunication exists. Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) should improve coordination, communication, and decision making between health-care team members and patients, and hopefully produce more positive outcomes. This review describes the many practical barriers to the successful implementation of MDT working, and shows that despite an increase in the delivery of cancer services via this method, research showing the effectiveness of MDT working is scarce.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Communication Barriers Great Britain Humans *Interprofessional Relations Neoplasms/*therapy Patient Care Team/*organization & administration Patient-Centered Care/*methods
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology Including cancer and carcinogens
Depositing User: Tracy Woodcock
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:50
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/679
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