Benefits of multidisciplinary care

The benefits of adopting a multidisciplinary care (MDC) team approach include:

For patients:

  • increased survival for patients managed by a MDC team
  • shorter timeframes from diagnosis to treatment
  • greater likelihood of receiving care in accord with clinical practice guidelines, including psychosocial support
  • increased access to information
  • improved satisfaction with treatment and care.

For health professionals:

  • improved patient care and outcomes through the development of an agreed treatment plan
  • streamlined treatment pathways and reduction in duplication of services
  • improved coordination of care
  • educational opportunities for health professionals
  • improved mental well-being of health professionals

“The benefits have spread into all our activities… its made a complete difference to the whole specialist network in the hospital.”