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BACKGROUND: Anecdotally, multidisciplinary cancer conferences (MCCs) do not always function optimally. MCC members' experiences with and attitudes toward MCCs are explored, and barriers to and facilitators of effective team-working are identified. METHODS: A total of 19 semistructured interviews were conducted with surgeons, oncologists, nurses, and administrators. Interviews explored participants' opinions on MCC attendance, information presentation, case discussion, leadership, team decision-making, and possible improvements to MCC meetings. RESULTS: Nonattendance was associated with not having protected time to attend the MCC. Contributions to MCC discussions were unequal among the participants, and patient-centered information was ignored. Good leadership was necessary to foster inclusive case discussion. Members were positive about MCCs, but protected time, improved case selection, and working in a more structured way were possible improvements. CONCLUSIONS: Results are consistent with previous research: Members of the MCC are positive about the benefits of MCCs, although improving the way MCCs work is a goal.

Original publication




Journal article


World J Surg

Publication Date





1970 - 1976


Congresses as Topic, Decision Making, Female, Humans, Interdisciplinary Communication, Interprofessional Relations, Interviews as Topic, Male, Needs Assessment, Neoplasms, Patient Care Team, Practice Patterns, Physicians', Prospective Studies, Quality Improvement, United Kingdom