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Uptake of oncology multidisciplinary meeting recommendations

George H Au-Yeung, Ahmad Aly, Andrew Bui, Carmel M Vermeltfoort and Ian D Davis
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (1): 36-37. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10975
Published online: 16 January 2012

To the Editor: Multidisciplinary meetings (MDMs) are recognised as crucial to best practice in oncology, and governments have designated MDMs as key priorities in cancer care.1,2 Improvement in overall survival has been promoted as a potential benefit of multidisciplinary care, with little supporting evidence. However, consensus MDM decisions are worthless unless action is subsequently implemented. This retrospective audit aimed to assess whether MDM recommendations were implemented, as an indirect measure of the MDM process on patient outcomes.

  • George H Au-Yeung1
  • Ahmad Aly1
  • Andrew Bui1
  • Carmel M Vermeltfoort2
  • Ian D Davis1

  • 1 Austin Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 North Eastern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: ian.davis@ludwig.edu.au

Acknowledgements: 

We thank the North Eastern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service staff for providing administrative support and access to the Austin Health MDM database. Ian Davis is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellowship.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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