Multidisciplinary Care: Optimising Team Performance
The 2006 ASCO-ESMO consensus statement on Quality Cancer Care states that “optimal treatment of cancer should be provided by a team that includes, where appropriate, multidisciplinary medical expertise composed of medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and palliative care experts, as well as oncology nurses and social workers. Patients should also have access to counselling for their psychosocial, nutritional and other needs” . The statement highlights the need for patients to receive adequate information to allow participation as desired in decision making, to have their privacy protected and to be treated with dignity at all times. Access to clinical trials is identified as a hallmark of quality care, adding yet another layer of complexity to patients’ experience of a cancer diagnosis.
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The work of the Pam McLean Centre in multidisciplinary communication has been a team effort, with creative input from Stewart Dunn, Paul Heinrich and Emma Robinson, and Robert Marshall of K-teams International P/L. Breast Cancer MDTs throughout Australia and New Zealand have shared their experience with us and the NHMRC National Breast Cancer Centre has enthusiastically implemented training initiatives. We are also grateful for the support of the Australian and New Zealand Rugby Unions, from whom we have learnt that great teams don’t just happen.
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