Cross-sectional increase of adherence to multidisciplinary tumor board decisions.

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Cross-sectional increase of adherence to multidisciplinary tumor board decisions.

BMC Cancer. 2018 Sep 29;18(1):936

Authors: Hollunder S, Herrlinger U, Zipfel M, Schmolders J, Janzen V, Thiesler T, Güresir E, Schröck A, Far F, Pietsch T, Pantelis D, Thomas D, Vornholt S, Ernstmann N, Manser T, Neumann M, Funke B, Schmidt-Wolf IGH

BACKGROUND: Cancer research has made great progress in the recent years. With the increasing number of options in diagnosis and therapy the implementation of tumorboards (TUBs) has become standard procedure in the treatment of cancer patients. Adherence tests on tumor board decisions are intended to enable quality assurance and enhancement for work in tumor boards in order to continuously optimize treatment options for cancer patients.
METHODS: Subject of this study was the adherence of the recommendations made in three of 14 tumorboards, which take place weekly in the Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO) at the University Hospital Bonn. In total, therapy recommendations of 3815 patient cases were checked on their implementation. A classification into four groups has been made according to the degree of implementation. A second classification followed regarding the reasons for differences between the recommendation and the therapy which the patient actually received.
RESULTS: The study showed that 80.1% of all recommendations in the three TUBs were implemented. 8.3% of all recommendations showed a deviance. Most important reasons for the deviances were patient wish (36.5%), patient death (26%) and doctoral decision, due to the patient’s comorbidities or side effects of the treatment (24.1%).Interestingly, deviance in all three tumor boards in total significantly decreased over time.
CONCLUSIONS: Aim of the study was to clarify the use of tumor boards and find approaches to make them more efficient. Based on the results efficiency might be optimized by increased consideration of patients` preferences, improved presentation of patient-related data, more detailed documentation and further structuring of the tumor board meetings.

PMID: 30268109 [PubMed – in process]

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