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Title: Implementation of a lung cancer multidisciplinary team standardised template for reporting to general practitioners: a mixed-method study
Authors: Rankin NM; Collett GK; Brown CM; Shaw TJ; White KM; Beale PJ; Trevena LJ; Anderiesz C; Barnes DJ
Categories: Cancer Type - Lung Cancer
Cancer Control, Survivorship, and Outcomes Research - Health Services, Economic and Health Policy Analyses
Year: 2017
Journal Title: BMJ Open
Volume: 7
Issue: 12
Abstract: Few interventions have been designed that provide standardised information to primary care clinicians about the diagnostic and treatment recommendations resulting from cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT) (tumour board) meetings. This study aimed to develop, implement and evaluate a standardised template for lung cancer MDTs to provide clinical information and treatment recommendations to general practitioners (GPs). Specific objectives were to (1) evaluate template feasibility (acceptability, appropriateness and timeliness) with GPs and (2) document processes of preimplementation, implementation and evaluation within the MDT setting.A mixed-method study design using structured interviews with GPs and qualitative documentation of project logs about implementation processes.Two hospitals in Central Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.61 GPs evaluated the template. Two lung cancer MDTs, consisting of 33 clinicians, and eight researchers participated in template development and implementation strategy.The MDT-reporting template appears to be a feasible way of providing clinical information to GPs following patient presentation at a lung cancer MDT meeting. Ninety-five per cent of GPs strongly agreed or agreed that the standardised template provided useful and relevant information, that it was received in a timely manner (90%) and that the information was easy to interpret and communicate to the patient (84%). Implementation process data show that the investment made in the preimplementation stage to integrate the template into standard work practices was a critical factor in successful implementation.This study demonstrates that it is feasible to provide lung cancer MDT treatment recommendations to GPs through implementation of a standardised template. A simple intervention, such as a standardised template, can help to address quality gaps and ensure that timely information is communicated between tertiary and primary care healthcare providers.
Division: Cancer Research Division
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018629
URI: http://researchpubs.cancercouncil.com.au/cancercounciljspui/handle/1/1958
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