Multidisciplinary care improves patient outcomesMultidisciplinary skin cancer care is an approach that might not only improve patient outcomes, but also professional satisfaction, researchers reported at AAD 2018 this week in San Diego.
Collaborative care challengesClinicians agree that multi-disciplinary teams are the optimal approach to managing advanced melanoma, for they aim for consistent messaging to patients about treatment and require that physicians who are members of the team support their therapeutic choices with evidence. However, obstacles include geographical challenges in community care, treatment sequencing and bias, and physician communication.
The importance of multidisciplinary care for diabetes
The importance of multidisciplinary care for diabetesRecently, a colleague wrote me to express his concern about a primary care physician (PCP) in his community acquiring digital retinal photographs of his diabetes patients. One of those patients presented to the optometrist’s office with the impression that “all he needed was a refraction” since the PCP had “already checked him for diabetic retinopathy.”
Multidisciplinary approach key to reducing medication errors in kidsMultidisciplinary efforts, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and families all working together, are needed to eliminate pediatric medication errors, according to a study published recently in Pediatrics.