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Establishing a framework for building multidisciplinary programs

Authors Meguid C, Ryan C, Edil B, Schulick R, Gajdos C, Boniface M, Schefter T, Purcell W, McCarter M

Received 15 September 2015

Accepted for publication 14 October 2015

Published 2 December 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 519—526

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S96415

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Devang Sanghavi

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Cheryl Meguid,1 Carrie E Ryan,2 Barish H Edil,1 Richard D Schulick,1 Csaba Gajdos,1 Megan Boniface,1 Tracey E Schefter,3 W Thomas Purcell,4 Martin McCarter1

1Department of Surgery, Division of GI, Tumor, and Endocrine Surgery, Section of Surgical Oncology, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, CO, 2Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 3Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO, 4Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, CO, USA

Abstract: While most providers support the concept of a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, challenges exist to the implementation of successful multidisciplinary clinical programs. As patients become more knowledgeable about their disease through research on the Internet, they seek hospital programs that offer multidisciplinary care. At the University of Colorado Hospital, we utilize a formal multidisciplinary approach across a variety of clinical settings, which has been beneficial to patients, providers, and the hospital. We present a reproducible framework to be used as a guide to develop a successful multidisciplinary program.

Keywords: multidisciplinary clinic, patient centered, tumor board

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