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Facilitators and Barriers to Teamworking and Patient Centeredness in Multidisciplinary Cancer Teams: Findings of a National Study

Lamb, B. W., Taylor, C, Lamb, J. N., Strickland, S. L., Vincent, C., Green, J. S. A. and Sevdalis, N. (2012) Facilitators and Barriers to Teamworking and Patient Centeredness in Multidisciplinary Cancer Teams: Findings of a National Study Annals of Surgical Oncology, 20 (5). pp. 1408-1416.

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Abstract

Background Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) are the standard means of making clinical decisions in surgical oncology. The aim of this study was to explore the views of MDT members regarding contribution to the MDT, representation of patients’ views, and dealing with disagreements in MDT meetings—issues that affect clinical decision making, but have not previously been addressed. Methods Responses to open questions from a 2009 national survey of MDT members about effective MDT working in the United Kingdom were analyzed for content. Emergent themes were identified and tabulated, and verbatim quotes were extracted to validate and illustrate themes. Results Free-text responses from 1,636 MDT members were analyzed. Key themes were: (1) the importance of nontechnical skills, organizational support, and good relationships between team members for effective teamworking; (2) recording of disagreements (potentially sharing them with patients) and the importance of patient-centered information in relation to team decision making; (3) the central role of clinical nurse specialists as the patient’s advocates, complementing the role of physicians in relation to patient centeredness. Conclusions Developing team members’ nontechnical skills and providing organizational support are necessary to help ensure that MDTs are delivering high-quality, patient-centered care. Recording dissent in decision making within the MDT is an important element, which should be defined further. The question of how best to represent the patient in MDT meetings also requires further exploration.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Lamb, B. W.
Taylor, Ccath.taylor@surrey.ac.uk
Lamb, J. N.
Strickland, S. L.
Vincent, C.
Green, J. S. A.
Sevdalis, N.
Date : 20 October 2012
DOI : 10.1245/s10434-012-2676-9
Copyright Disclaimer : © Society of Surgical Oncology 2012
Uncontrolled Keywords : Team member; Patient centeredness; Clinical nurse specialist; Verbatim quote; Effective teamworking
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 02 Aug 2018 11:51
Last Modified : 02 Aug 2018 11:51
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/848836

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