Validation of team performance assessment of multidisciplinary tumor boards

J Urol. 2014 Sep;192(3):891-8. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2014.03.002. Epub 2014 Mar 11.


Purpose: We construct validated the instrument to evaluate assessor learning curves and the feasibility and interrater reliability of MTB-MODe for assessing the decision making process using video recorded multidisciplinary tumor board meetings.

Materials and methods: Multidisciplinary tumor boards are becoming standard practice for managing cancer internationally but no standards have been agreed on to assess the efficacy of such teams. The MTB-MODe tool assesses the process of multidisciplinary tumor board decision making by standardized observation (1 to 5 anchored scales) of the quality of information presented at the multidisciplinary tumor board as well as board member contributions to the case review. We assessed 683 multidisciplinary tumor board case discussions using MTB-MODe in a multiphase study, including 332 cases (9 urology boards) by 1 urologist in vivo and 224 cases (6 urology boards) by 2 urologists in vivo. The instrument was refined and subsequently used to rate 127 video recorded case discussions (5 tumor types) by a total of 8 multidisciplinary tumor boards.

Results: Good interrater reliability was achieved in vivo and at the video recorded multidisciplinary tumor board meetings (ICC ≥0.70). MTB-MODe scores were higher in cases that resulted in a decision than in cases in which no decision was made (mean ± SD 2.54 ± 0.47 vs 2.02 ± 0.65, p ≤0.001).

Conclusions: A standardized method to assess the quality of multidisciplinary tumor board discussions can enhance the quality of cancer care and the ability of the boards to self-evaluate performance, thus, promoting good practice. Video recordings offer a feasible, reliable method of assessing how multidisciplinary tumor boards work.

Keywords: health care; interdisciplinary communication; neoplasms; quality assurance; urology; video recording.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Learning Curve
  • Neoplasms* / therapy
  • Observer Variation
  • Patient Care Team / standards*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care*
  • Video Recording