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Table 2 Reported barriers to joint recommendations from MDT meetings in relation to health profession, discipline and hospital type

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
Need for supplementary investigations 87% 94% 84% 0.069 87% 86% 0.841 93% 86% 88% 85% 0.812 85% 87% 90% 84% 85% 0.921
Insufficient pathology 65% 72% 63% 0.247 56% 73% 0.015 36% 62% 72% 66% 0.083 79% 72% 56% 58% 62% 0.102
No professional present has seen the patient 25% 13% 29% 0.024 18% 31% 0.024 14% 31% 25% 25% 0.699 6% 23% 29% 42% 27% 0.002*
Complex cases 24% 22% 25% 0.854 33% 17% 0.005* 29% 14% 37% 20% 0.049 23% 28% 19% 23% 35% 0.585
Insufficient radiology 20% 20% 20% 1 16% 23% 0.172 21% 21% 22% 18% 0.95 17% 10% 19% 30% 19% 0.232
Insufficient information on comorbidity 17% 11% 19% 0.21 15% 19% 0.485 14% 10% 13% 22% 0.354 19% 26% 20% 9% 8% 0.193
Absence of key professionals 12% 17% 10% 0.218 17% 7% 0.040 14% 17% 5% 14% 0.256 15% 10% 12% 9% 12% 0.94
Patient has other preferences 2% 4% 1% 0.576 4% 0% 0.055 0% 0% 2% 3% 0.864 2% 3% 0% 5% 0% 0.486
Insufficient information on patient preferences 8% 6% 9% 0.585 9% 8% 0.835 14% 10% 5% 9% 0.627 4% 8% 8% 12% 12% 0.742
Disagreement 1% 2% 1% 1 1% 2% 1 0% 0% 2% 2% 1 0% 0% 0% 7% 0% 0.015
Insufficient teamwork 1% 2% 1% 1 2% 1% 0.616 7% 0% 0% 2% 0.209 2% 0% 2% 2% 0% 1
Insufficient leadership 1% 2% 1% 1 1% 2% 1 0% 0% 3% 1% 0.576 0% 3% 0% 2% 4% 0.568
Insufficient preparations 1% 2% 0% 0.253 1% 0% 0.478 0% 0% 0% 1% 1 0% 0% 2% 0% 0% 1
Interruption or distraction 0.% 0% 0%   0% 0%   0% 0% 0% 0%   0% 0% 0% 0% 0%  
Lack of time 0.% 0% 0%   0% 0%   0% 0% 0% 0%   0% 0% 0% 0% 0%  
  1. P-values < 0.05 in bold writing
  2. *P-values significant after applying Bonferroni correction (P < 0.003)