Precision Medicine: Strategies for Improving Multidisciplinary Team Communication
Cancer programs in the community continue to embrace the era of biomarker-driven medicine and advances that enable providers to tailor therapies based on specific tumor characteristics. At the same time, the processes for diagnostics and developing care plans are becoming increasingly complex—requiring involvement of a broader range of disciplines. Thus, clearly established policies, procedures, and communication pathways are important to optimizing molecular testing. At its most basic level, molecular testing has several key steps and involves interdisciplinary providers including pathologists, surgeons, medical oncologists; therefore communication pathways are critical to ensure the full benefit of testing.
More About this Project
ACCC launched this project to explore strategies for improving multidisciplinary team communication around molecular testing – with specific attention to how communication impacts the effectiveness of molecular testing for breast and lung cancer. This initiative focuses on:
- Defining communication responsibilities by roles rather than disciplines.
- Providing tools to assess current communication pathways, to identify who is performing specific roles, and to implement a measurable standard.
- Identifying areas for potential multidisciplinary interactions to discuss testing, create policies, and identify areas for process improvement.
Exploring the Role of Communication
With the guidance of an expert Advisory Committee, ACCC compiled an annotated bibliography identifying empiric research, literature reviews, and literature-based opinion pieces that clarify important aspects of communication surrounding molecular testing for both breast and lung cancer.
Focus Group Participants
For this project, ACCC conducted a series of four focus groups in which ACCC Cancer Program members discusssed their molecular testing programs. Their insights helped shape assessment tool developed for this project. ACCC thanks the following programs for focus group participation:
- Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD
- Riverside Health System, Newport News, VA
- Moses Cone Health Cancer Center, Greensboro, NC
- Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
For more information or questions about this project, please contact ACCC Provider Education.