Health professionals’ views on key enabling factors and barriers of national multidisciplinary team meetings in cancer care: A qualitative study

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Purpose: Multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTMs) are an integral component of cancer care. Increasingly, virtual MDTMs are used to grant high-quality treatment recommendations across health-care regions, which expands and develops the local MDTM team to a regional or national expert network. We investigated health professionals’ experiences from national, virtual MDTMs for rare cancer with a focus on key enabling factors and barriers. Methods: Health professionals who participate in seven national, virtual MDTMs in Swedish health-care responded to a questionnaire exploring key enabling factors, barriers and opportunities for MDTM development. Conventional content analysis was used to identify thematic categories based on free-text responses. Results: Participants´ perspectives could be assigned into three categories ie, a national arena with potential for comprehensive knowledge and collaboration, prerequisites for decision-making and organization and responsibilities. These categories consisted of nine sub-categories that referred to, eg, collective competence, resources, clinical research, case discussion, meeting climate, patient-related information, MDTMs potential, referral and technical insufficiencies. Conclusion: National, virtual MDTMs represent a new multidisciplinary collaborative arena that introduces benefits as well as challenges. Consideration of key enabling factors and barriers may ease implementation and further optimize MDTMs in cancer care.


External organisations
  • Skåne University Hospital
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Danish Cancer Society Research Center
  • Regional Cancer Centre South
  • Hvidovre Hospital
  • Region Skåne
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy


  • Content analysis, Decision-making, Healthcare team, Rare cancer, Treatment recommendation, Tumor board
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-186
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Feb 14
Publication categoryResearch