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Measuring the quality of MDT working: an observational approach

Taylor, Cath, Atkins, Louise, Richardson, Alison, Tarrant, Ruth and Ramirez, Amanda-Jane (2012) Measuring the quality of MDT working: an observational approach BMC Cancer, 12 (202).

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Background Cancer multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) are established in many countries but little is known about how well they function. A core activity is regular MDT meetings (MDMs) where treatment recommendations are agreed. A mixed methods descriptive study was conducted to develop and test quality criteria for observational assessment of MDM performance calibrated against consensus from over 2000 MDT members about the “characteristics of an effective MDT”. Methods Eighteen of the 86 ‘Characteristics of Effective MDTs’ were considered relevant and feasible to observe. They collated to 15 aspects of MDT working covering four domains: the team (e.g. attendance, chairing, teamworking); infrastructure for meetings (venue, equipment); meeting organisation and logistics; and patient-centred clinical decision-making (patient-centredness, clarity of recommendations). Criteria for rating each characteristic from ‘very poor’ to ‘very good’ were derived from literature review, observing MDMs and expert input. Criteria were applied to 10 bowel cancer MDTs to assess acceptability and measure variation between and within teams. Feasibility and inter-rater reliability was assessed by comparing three observers. Results Observational assessment was acceptable to teams and feasible to implement. Total scores from 29 to 50 (out of 58) highlighted wide diversity in quality between teams. Eight teams were rated either ‘very good/good’ or ‘very poor/poor’ for at least three domains demonstrating some internal consistency. ‘Very good’ ratings were most likely for attendance and administrative preparation, and least likely for patient-centredness of decision-making and prioritisation of complex cases. All except two characteristics had intra-class correlations of ≥0.50. Conclusions This observational tool (MDT-OARS) may contribute to the assessment of MDT performance. Further testing to confirm validity and reliability is required.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Authors :
Atkins, Louise
Richardson, Alison
Tarrant, Ruth
Ramirez, Amanda-Jane
Date : 29 May 2012
DOI : 10.1186/1471-2407-12-202
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 BioMed Central Ltd unless otherwise stated. Part of Springer Nature.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Cancer; Multidisciplinary communication; Interprofessional relations; Observation; Quality indicators health care; Decision-making; Leadership; Health resources
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 02 Aug 2018 12:23
Last Modified : 02 Aug 2018 12:23

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