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Cancer Res Treat. 2017 Oct;49(4):1164-1169. doi: 10.4143/crt.2016.517. Epub 2017 Feb 22.

Practice Patterns Regarding Multidisciplinary Cancer Management and Suggestions for Further Refinement: Results from a National Survey in Korea.

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1
Department of Internal Medicine, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2
Institute for Health Promotion and Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, Graduate School of Public Health, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
3
Department of Internal Medicine, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Korea.
4
Department of Internal Medicine, Veterans Health Service Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study was conducted to explore the process and operation of a cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT) after the reimbursement decision in Korea, and to identify ways to overcome the major barriers to effective and sustainable MDTs.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Approximately 1,000 cancer specialists, including medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists in general hospitals in Koreawere invited to complete the survey. The questionnaire covered the following topics: organizational structure of MDTs, candidates for consulting, the clinical decision-making initiative, and responsibility for dealing with legal disputes.

RESULTS:

We collected a total of 179 responses (18%) from physicians at institutions where an MDT approach was active. A surgical oncologist (91%), internist (90%),radiologist (89%),radiation oncologist (86%), pathologist (71%), and trainees (20%) regularly participated in MDT operations. Approximately 55% of respondents stated that MDTs met regularly. In cases of a split opinion, the physician in charge (69%) or chairperson (17%) made the final decision, and most (86%) stated they followed the final decision. About 15% and 32% of respondents were "very satisfied" and "satisfied," respectively, with the current MDT's operations. Among 38 institutional representatives, 34% responded that the MDT operation became more active and 18% stated an MDT was newly implemented after the reimbursement decision.

CONCLUSION:

The reimbursement decision invigorated MDT operations in almost half of eligible hospitals. Dissatisfaction regarding current MDTs was over 50%, and the high discordance rates regarding risk sharing suggest that it is necessary to revise the current system of MDTs.

KEYWORDS:

Korea; Multidisciplinary; Reimbursement

PMID:
28231425
PMCID:
PMC5654152
DOI:
10.4143/crt.2016.517
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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