Sharing information - GPs and MDM communication

Comments from GPs

"Nice to get legible information in such a timely way"

"At least we know what is going on and also educational to us"

"Sometimes patients come in and request updates and clarifications, especially if they have not understood anything and this summary helps me stay informed"

The general practitioner is an integral member of the team of health professionals involved in  the care of cancer patients.

Effective coordination of patient care is enhanced by timely and accurate communication between various team members.

Providing the GP with a timely summary of the recommended treatment plan generated by a cancer multidisciplinary team ensures that the GP knows that the diagnosis is confirmed and the next steps in the patient's care plan have been discussed. It also provides the GP with contact details and direct links to the local cancer multidisciplinary teams.

Fifteen MDMs in NEMICS region are sending a one page summary of the MDM discussion to the patient's GP within a few days of the meeting. The MDM software system used in most NEMICS MDMs (CANMAP) has been used to generate and send a templated letter. GPs were consulted throughout the implementation: on the information that would be most useful,  on the template development and on the quality, clarity and usefulness of the MDM letters that they were sent. Multidisciplinary teams in the health services have worked to improve the record of discussion by minimising the use of acronyms and abbreviations, which has improved documentation of MDMs generally.


List of MDMs communicating treatment planning outcome reports to GPs
 
  Austin Health     Eastern Health     Northern Health     Regional  
 - Lung
- Lymphoma

Starting in 2016
- Colorectal
- Head and Neck
- Myeloma
- Early Breast
- Colorectal
- Endocrine
- Gynaecology
- Head and Neck
- Lung
- Lymphoma
- Myeloma
  - Breast
- Colorectal
- Lymphoma
- Myeloma
- Melanoma

 

 

 

 

 

 


For further information contact:
Anna Mascitti
Service Improvement Facilitator - Coordinated Care & Consumer Engagement
Ph 9496 3261

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