Sharing Information and Retelling Stories in a Memory Clinic MDT Meeting
National healthcare guidelines recommend a multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach for the diagnosis of dementia within a memory clinic setting. MDT working may help to achieve good outcomes by enabling effective assessments, earlier diagnosis and interventions. Limited research has examined how to achieve this effectively during face-to-face MDT meetings, so we sought to explore this here. Twenty-one MDT diagnostic discussion meetings were recorded and transcribed. Conversation analysis was used to identify practices of information sharing within MDT diagnostic meetings. The service user assessors and supporter assessors both used reported speech to represent information. The service user assessors additionally reported features of the assessment itself. Reporting information when people’s memory is being questioned raises ethical issues around how to represent service users during these meetings.
We would like to thank all the staff from the memory clinic service for their support in conducting this study. We would also like to especially thank the clinicians who agreed to participate.
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