Delay and Completion of Treatment in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Employing a Multidisciplinary Team Approach: A Single Institution Experience

Authors

  • Jamel Maita N. Manaig, MD University of Santo Tomas Hospital
  • Adrian F. Fernando, MD University of Santo Tomas Hospital https://orcid.org/0009-0005-8562-1686
  • Kelvin Ken L. Yu, MD University of Santo Tomas Hospital

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32412/pjohns.v38i1.2147

Keywords:

patient care team, head and neck neoplasms, time-to-treatment, treatment completion, appointment and schedules, neoplasm staging

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Objective: To explore possible associations of a multidisciplinary team approach compared to a non-multidisciplinary team approach on delay and completion of treatment of head and neck cancer patients.
Methods:
     Design: Historical Cohort Study
     Setting: Tertiary Private Training Hospital
     Participants: A total of 240 records of head and neck cancer patients from January 2016 and December 2018 were included in the study; 117 underwent a multidisciplinary team approach and 123 underwent a non- multidisciplinary team approach.
Results: Only 24.79% of head and neck cancer patients under the multidisciplinary team approach had treatment delays compared to 37.40% under the non-multidisciplinary team approach. The proportion of treatment delays was significantly higher (χ2 = 4.44, p = .035) with the non-multidisciplinary team approach. Comparative treatment completion of 77.78% and 69.11% under the multidisciplinary and non-multidisciplinary team approaches, respectively, were not significantly different (χ2 = 2.31, p = .129).
Conclusion: The multidisciplinary approach might be associated with decreased delay in treatment among patients with head and neck cancer compared to the non-multidisciplinary team approach. A possible trend toward better treatment completion rate was also observed, but it did not reach statistical significance

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Published

2023-06-04

How to Cite

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Manaig JM, Fernando A, Yu KK. Delay and Completion of Treatment in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Employing a Multidisciplinary Team Approach: A Single Institution Experience. Philipp J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg [Internet]. 2023 Jun. 4 [cited 2024 Mar. 1];38(1):45. Available from: https://pjohns.pso-hns.org/index.php/pjohns/article/view/2147