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"

A patient's GP is an integral member of the health team of involved in the care of cancer patients. Effective coordination is essential and communication processes are key.

Providing the GP with a timely summary of the recommended treatment plan from the MDM ensures that the GP knows that 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.

Twenty-three MDMs in NEMICS region are sending a summary of the MDM discussion to the patient's GP within a few days of the meeting. These summaries are generated by CANMAP, the software MDM support system. GPs informed us about what information would be most helpful to include. Multidisciplinary teams 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  
 - Colorectal
- Head and Neck
- Lung 
- Lymphoma 
- Myeloma
- Colorectal
- Early Breast 
- Endocrine
- Gynaecology
- Head and Neck
- Lung
- Lymphoma
- Myeloma
- Upper Gastro-intestinal
- Urology
  - Breast
- Colorectal
- Hepatobiliary (HPB)
- Lymphoma
- Myeloma
- Upper Gastro-intestinal

- Urology

 

- Melanoma

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

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