The effectiveness of lung cancer MDT and the role of respiratory physicians

Prabhakar, Charles N, Fong, Kwun M, Peake, Michael D, Lam, David C and Barnes, David J (2015) The effectiveness of lung cancer MDT and the role of respiratory physicians. Respirology, 20 6: 884-888. doi:10.1111/resp.12520

Author Prabhakar, Charles N
Fong, Kwun M
Peake, Michael D
Lam, David C
Barnes, David J
Title The effectiveness of lung cancer MDT and the role of respiratory physicians
Journal name Respirology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-1843
Publication date 2015-08
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/resp.12520
Volume 20
Issue 6
Start page 884
End page 888
Total pages 5
Place of publication Richmond, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract There is an increasing trend for the use of multi-disciplinary teams (MDT) in the management of complex medical conditions. The latter may include various cancers, including lung cancer. However, the use of MDT is not restricted to cancer management, but may include complex conditions like diabetes and other non-malignant disorders. There is an increasing trend to use MDT in the investigation and management of patients with suspected or proven lung cancer. This review examines the evidence that supports the efficacy, or otherwise, of lung cancer management in a MDT as opposed to individual care, who should be a member of a lung cancer MDT, and the specific role of the respiratory physician in a lung cancer MDT. Although it may seem to make common sense to manage lung cancer in a MDT setting, there is actually little in the way of high quality data to support this concept. The logistic and ethical difficulties in researching this issue are highlighted in this review.
Keyword Evidence base
Guideline adherence
Lung cancer
Multidisciplinary team meeting
Programme evaluation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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