Abstract

Cancer care is undergoing an important paradigm shift from a disease-focused management to a patient-centred approach, in which increasingly more attention is paid to psychosocial aspects, quality of life, patients' rights and empowerment and survivorship. In this context, multidisciplinary teams emerge as a practical necessity for optimal coordination among health professionals and clear communication with patients. The European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC), an initiative launched by the European Commission in 2009, addressed the multidisciplinary care from a policy perspective in order to define the core elements that all tumour-based multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) should include. To that effect, a working group conference was held in January 2013 within the EPAAC Work Package 7 (on Healthcare) framework.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-480
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Volume50
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Consensus
  • Health care organisation
  • Health policy
  • Multidisciplinary team

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