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Using peer observers to assess the quality of cancer multidisciplinary team meetings: a qualitative proof of concept study

Harris, Jenny, Green, J A S, Sevdalis, N and Taylor, C (2014) Using peer observers to assess the quality of cancer multidisciplinary team meetings: a qualitative proof of concept study Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 7. pp. 355-363.

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Abstract

Background Multidisciplinary team (MDT) working is well established as the foundation for providing cancer services in the UK and elsewhere. A core activity is the weekly meeting (or case conference/tumor boards) where the treatment recommendations for individual patients are agreed. Evidence suggests that the quality of team working varies across cancer teams, and this may impact negatively on the decision-making process, and ultimately patient care. Feedback on performance by expert observers may improve performance, but can be resource-intensive to implement. This proof of concept study sought to: develop a structured observational assessment tool for use by peers (managers or clinicians from the local workforce) and explore its usability; assess the feasibility of the principle of observational assessment by peers; and explore the views of MDT members and observers about the utility of feedback from observational assessment. Methods For tool development, the content was informed by national clinical consensus recommendations for best practice in cancer MDTs and developed in collaboration with an expert steering group. It consisted of ten subdomains of team working observable in MDT meetings that were rated on a 10-point scale (very poor to very good). For observational assessment, a total of 19 peer observers used the tool (assessing performance in 20 cancer teams from four hospitals). For evaluation, telephone interviews with 64 team members and all peer observers were analyzed thematically. Results The tool was easy to use and areas for refinement were identified. Peer observers were identified and most indicated that undertaking observation was feasible. MDT members generally reported that observational assessment and feedback was useful, with the potential to facilitate improvements in team working. Conclusion This study suggests that observation and feedback by peers may provide a feasible and acceptable approach to enhance MDT performance. Further tool refinement and validation is required.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Harris, Jennyjen.harris@surrey.ac.uk
Green, J A S
Sevdalis, N
Taylor, Ccath.taylor@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 11 August 2014
DOI : 10.2147/JMDH.S65160
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2014 Dove Press Ltd
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 17 Apr 2018 15:15
Last Modified : 24 Aug 2018 13:15
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/846249

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