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Authors

  1. Lin, Wen-Li MSN
  2. Sun, Jia-Ling PhD
  3. Chang, Shu-Chan MSN
  4. Tsai, Tsung-Chih MD
  5. Wu, Pei-Hua MSN
  6. Huang, Wen-Tsung MD
  7. Tsao, Chao-Jung MD
  8. Lin, Chien-Liang MD

Abstract

The multidisciplinary team (MDT) model involves multiple medical professionals providing integrated medical care. Colorectal cancer (CRC) has the highest prevalence of cancer in Taiwan. This study examines and evaluates the survival rates of CRC patients treated under the MDT model. In this retrospective and prospective study, 651 CRC patients were recruited. They were divided into 2 groups: the MDT group and the traditional care (TC) group. The MDT group comprised 326 patients who received care from a MDT. The TC group comprised 325 patients who received care from a TC. The outcome variables were survival rates, follow-up appointment compliance, and 14-day readmission rates. Adopting the MDT model for CRC care increased patient follow-up appointment compliance rates at the first week, first month, and third month (p = .032, p = .007, p = .001, respectively). The model also effectively reduced patients' 14-day readmission rates. The results indicated that the survival rates of the MDT care were superior to those of TC. The adoption of the MDT model to treat CRC effectively enhanced clinical treatment adherence, increased survival rates, and reduced the 14-day readmission rate.