Perspectives of Pharmacists on the Structure, Decision-Making, and Communication Practices of Multidisciplinary Cancer Teams in Alabama

  • Moano Gnagna-Waka Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Georges Adunlin Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Katie Boyd Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy
  • Patricia Jumbo-Lucioni Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Science, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Bolanle Bolaji Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Matthew Asare Department of Public Health, Baylor University
Keywords: pharmacist; multidisciplinary team; cancer; shared decision-making


Introduction: A multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach within cancer care settings is increasingly being adopted to improve patient outcomes due to the rising complexity of diagnosis and treatment. This study aims to explore the perspective of pharmacists on the structure, decision-making process, and communication practices of cancer MDTs.

Methods: A 25‐item online questionnaire was distributed to oncology‐related clinical pharmacists in Alabama. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.

Results: A total of 15 pharmacists completed the survey. More than half of the respondents reported that MDT meetings were held mostly in person on a set schedule. While physicians primarily facilitated the meetings, patients and/or their caregivers were largely not invited to participate in them. The treating physician oversaw delivering and update to the patient and/or their caregivers after the MDT meetings. Most respondents indicated that positron emission and computed tomography were the most common sources of information available at initial case presentations. Overall, respondents strongly agreed that they felt comfortable sharing their opinions with others health professionals during MDT meetings.

Conclusions: This study provides evidence that oncology pharmacists are involved in MDT decision-making processes and communications but suggests the need to promote conditions to further their participation.


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Received 2021-08-02
Accepted 2022-01-10
Published 2022-01-24
Pharmacy Practice & Practice-Based Research