Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Family Medicine


Dr. Tom Colletti



Purpose The purpose of the article is to review how multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) improve patient care and provide a cost effective and tailored response to treatment.1,2

Method A PubMed literature search was conducted with the search terms multidisciplinary team and patient outcomes, multidisciplinary team, and multidisciplinary team approach. Ten articles were retrieved and served as the basis for this clinical review.

Results Evidence shows MDTs improved patient outcomes, lowered costs of care by decreasing the defensive medicine approach to healthcare, and decreased morbidity and mortality rates.3,4

Conclusion Ultimately, MDT appears to be positive on patient outcomes with regard to patients in need of complex care.

Keywords Multidisciplinary Team, Collaboration, Communication


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