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Comparison of face-to-face and videoconferenced multidisciplinary clinical meetings


Delaney, G and Jacob, S and Iedema, R and Winters, M and Barton, M, Comparison of face-to-face and videoconferenced multidisciplinary clinical meetings, Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, pp. 4. ISSN 1754-9477 (2002) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-1673.2004.01349.x


A trial of videoconferencing of multidisciplinary breast cancer clinical meetings between three public hospitals was conducted in an attempt to increase attendance by medical staff at the meetings, and thus facilitate multidisciplinary care for breast cancer patients. The videoconferences were compared with the previously existing face-to-face clinical meetings through questionnaires, attendance, number of cases discussed and anthropological analysis. Although more people attended the videoconferences than the face-to-face meetings, most of the participants in the trial preferred the face-to-face meetings to the videoconferences. The mean number of cases discussed at the videoconferences was significantly less than the mean number of cases presented at the face-to-face clinical meetings. The face-to-face meetings were informal, spontaneous and conducive to open discussion. In contrast, the video-conferences were formal and regimented. Multidisciplinary case discussion can be facilitated by videoconferencing. Some of the negative experiences we encountered could be overcome with changes in meeting format. Our experience may help others in setting up a successful multidisciplinary team via videoconference.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Breast cancer; Multidisciplinary care; Videoconferencing
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health care administration
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health policy evaluation
UTAS Author:Iedema, R (Professor Rick Iedema)
ID Code:96682
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-11-17
Last Modified:2014-11-17

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