Interdisciplinary tumour boards in Switzerland: quo vadis?

Lehmann, K. and Guller, U. and Bugnon, S. and Zuber, M.. (2008) Interdisciplinary tumour boards in Switzerland: quo vadis? Swiss Medical Weekly, Vol. 138. pp. 123-127.

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: The objective of the present investigation is twofold: first, to assess how interdisciplinary tumour boards in Switzerland are designed, established, and rated in clinical practice; and second, to evaluate perceptions regarding the determination of cancer centres as required by the Swiss National Cancer Programme. METHODS: An anonymous questionnaire was sent to the heads of surgical departments in Switzerland (n = 110). Among the clinics contacted were 11 large referral centres (type A clinics), 48 surgical departments of cantonal hospitals (type B clinics), and 51 regional surgical departments (type C clinics). RESULTS: For most type A and B clinics, tumour boards are held on a weekly basis (A: 100%, B: 88%, C: 26%).On average, 66% of respondents (A: 90%, B: 71 %, C: 52 %) consider tumour boards a standard of care for every cancer patient. Determination of cancer centres was favoured by 49% of all respondents (A: 80%, B: 56%, C: 32 %). CONCLUSION: The present survey in Switzerland clearly shows significant differences between type A, B, and C clinics in the use of tumour boards and in their perception as a standard of care. There are wide discrepancies in the perceived need to determine cancer centres in Switzerland as required by the Swiss National Cancer Programme. Since the implementation of tumour boards is associated with optimised cancer patient care, continuing education on their importance is a vital necessity.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Operative Fächer (Klinik) > Innere Organe
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Operative Fächer (Klinik) > Innere Organe
UniBasel Contributors:Zuber, Markus W.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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