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Table 1 Reported benefits of MDT meetings in relation to health profession, hospital type, discipline and cancer type being discussed

From: Benefits, barriers and opinions on multidisciplinary team meetings: a survey in Swedish cancer care

  Frequency of all responses Nurses/ coordinators Physicians P-value University hospital County hospital P-value Pathology Radiology Medicine Surgery P-value Breast cancer Lung cancer GI cancer Uro/Gyn cancer Other tumors P-value
Compiled clinical information and review grants accurate treatment recommendations 81% 75% 83% 0.221 78% 84% 0.381 100% 86% 78% 81% 0.278 76% 77% 88% 74% 96% 0.120
Multidisciplinary evaluation 67% 70% 66% 0.732 59% 75% 0.026 57% 68% 69% 67% 0.880 63% 63% 71% 64% 74% 0.830
Promotes adherence to clinical guidelines 34% 30% 35% 0.512 36% 32% 0.550 29% 46% 29% 33% 0.449 35% 29% 36% 31% 39% 0.897
Increases team competence 26% 26% 26% 1.000 34% 19% 0.015 14% 21% 27% 27% 0.702 22% 37% 21% 33% 22% 0.327
Increases patient safety 22% 19% 23% 0.699 24% 20% 0.628 29% 25% 13% 25% 0.274 24% 26% 19% 21% 17% 0.924
Strengthens teamwork 12% 11% 12% 1.000 13% 10% 0.535 43% 7% 9% 11% 0.005 13% 11% 14% 13% 4% 0.833
Training opportunity for junior colleagues 8% 2% 10% 0.073 5% 10% 0.194 0% 0% 15% 8% 0.075 4% 11% 7% 10% 9% 0.781
Shortens time from diagnosis to treatment 14% 28% 9% < 0.001* 18% 11% 0.240 14% 21% 9% 14% 0.504 13% 14% 14% 18% 13% 0.973
Grants equal care 13% 17% 12% 0.474 13% 13% 1.000 7% 7% 18% 14% 0.494 17% 20% 10% 13% 4% 0.401
Facilitates patient referral between clinics 7% 11% 6% 0.212 4% 10% 0.096 0% 4% 11% 8% 0.442 15% 3% 5% 8% 0% 0.095
Strengthens regional collaboration 4% 0% 5% 0.116 3% 5% 0.719 0% 0% 9% 3% 0.100 2% 6% 2% 3% 13% 0.138
Identification of patients suitable for clinical trials 3% 6% 1% 0.121 0% 5% 0.050 7% 0% 2% 3% 0.559 2% 0% 3% 5% 0% 0.649
Attention to patient preferences 1% 4% 0% 0.056 1% 1% 1.000 0% 0% 0% 2% 0.727 0% 0% 0% 3% 4% 0.217
  1. P-values < 0.05 in bold writing
  2. *P-values that remain significant after applying Bonferroni correction (p < 0.004)