Understanding Role Delineation of the Multidisciplinary Team Members

  • Elizabeth F. Franklin
  • Linda House
  • Elizabeth Glidden


Cancer care has become exceedingly complex, requiring the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of professionals who can provide a range of services and support to patients and their loved ones. It is important that this care is provided with the “necessary speed, precision, and quality” (Delivering high-quality cancer care. The National Academies Press, Washington, DC, 2013), making the task all the more complicated. Across the full cancer continuum—screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, palliative care, and end of life—a team of professionals work in concert to ensure that the patient has access to the information, services, and resources that they need to make informed decisions that are unique to their values, preferences, and situation. The ultimate goal of the multidisciplinary team is to reduce errors, improve quality, and enhance care coordination for a positive experience for the patient and their loved ones. Research has shown that good communication and collaboration among members of the healthcare team and patients improve patient satisfaction and promote better outcomes and safety (Handbook of Oncology Social Work: psychosocial care for people with cancer. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2015, pp. 785–791).


Patient-centered care Multidisciplinary Interdisciplinary Transdisciplinary Oncology Nursing Social work Patient navigation Nurse navigation Care coordination 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth F. Franklin
    • 1
  • Linda House
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Glidden
    • 2
  1. 1.Cancer Support CommunityWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.American Cancer SocietyWashington, DCUSA

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