The influence of multidisciplinary teams on diagnosis and treatment

Date 29 June 2016
Event ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer 2016
Session ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer 2016 - Abstracts book
Presenter Y. Basta
Citation Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (2): 118-128. 10.1093/annonc/mdw198
Authors Y. Basta1, O. Baur2, S. van Dieren2, J. Klinkenbijl1, P. Fockens2, K. Tytgat1
  • 1AMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, /
  • 2Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, /


Multidisciplinary cancer team meetings (MDTs) are intended to optimize the diagnosis of a patient with a malignancy. Since MDTs are increasingly implemented worldwide, their influence on the quality of care is difficult to determine. Instead of direct performance measures (e.g. survival), the number of (correct) changes in referral diagnosis formulated by an MDT can be used to assess the effect on the quality of care. The aim of this study was to assess the number of correct diagnoses formulated by the MDT, how often MDTs change a referral diagnosis and what factors influence the decision-making process of an MDT. Subsequently this study assessed whether MDT-decisions were implemented.