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Vol. 66. Issue 8.
Pages 529 (October 2019)
Vol. 66. Issue 8.
Pages 529 (October 2019)
Letter to the Editor
DOI: 10.1016/j.endien.2019.03.008
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On professionalism in the management of thyroid tumors and multidisciplinary working groups (reply letter)
Sobre la profesionalidad en el manejo de los tumores del tiroides y los grupos de trabajo multidisciplinares (réplica)
Juan J. Díeza,
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, Juan Carlos Galofréb, Amelia Oleagac, Enrique Granded, Mercedes Mitjavilae, Pablo Morenof
a Servicio de Endocrinología y Nutrición, Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain
b Servicio de Endocrinología, Clínica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
c Servicio de Endocrinología y Nutrición, Hospital Universitario Basurto, Bilbao, Spain
d Servicio de Oncología Médica, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Madrid, Spain
e Servicio de Medicina Nuclear, Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain
f Servicio de Cirugía General, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
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Dear Sir,

We appreciate the comments of Garcia-Mayor1 regarding our recently published article on multidisciplinary teams in thyroid cancer,2 and are glad this matter is of interest to professionals.

To begin with, García-Mayor1 states that hospital organization is multidisciplinary and raises the question as to whether professional regrouping is necessary. In our opinion, the fact that there are a number of departments in a hospital does not imply that they work in a coordinated manner. We feel that the transversal structure of multidisciplinary teams affords advantages that cannot be provided by a department standing alone, and that consideration of the opinion of other specialists is always of value for improving decision-making, especially in complex patients, where the difficulties inherent to the disease condition cannot be addressed by a single specialist.3

Moreover, multidisciplinary care is not incompatible with patient-focused care, nor does it obviate responsibilities.4 Joint decision-making does not imply that patients must visit all the specialists involved in the decision, but that their regular physician — usually the one initially presenting the case to the team — transmits and adapts the decision of the group to the needs of the patient in an individual and responsible manner. Clinician decisions are always proprietary, and the individualization of decisions is a responsibility which clinicians should not seek to elude.

Another advantage of multidisciplinary teams is that they allow us to adapt protocols and guidelines made by “others” to the resources and peculiarities of “our” hospital and “our” environment, and thus to the needs of “our” patients. This way of proceeding may result in raising the quality of the care provided, in the sense that each patient is not treated through the rigid application of previously established protocols, but that the best available scientific evidence is adapted to the available resources and to the particular needs of the patient, thereby bringing us closer to personalised medicine.5 Undoubtedly, the intervention of several specialists in the resolution of a given case effectively contributes to reducing the incidence of medical errors.6

Our article indeed contemplates the opinion expressed by specialists from different disciplines regarding the requirements to be met by professionals and the advantages offered by multidisciplinary teams. Unfortunately, we have not been able to compare our results with those of other publications that reflect the opinion of the users, i.e., the patients, since such data have not been made available, though we do consider this issue to be extremely important for the continuous improvement of the quality of the care we offer our patients.

R.V. García-Mayor.
Sobre la profesionalidad en el manejo de los tumores de la tiroides y los grupos de trabajo multidisciplinarios.
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Endocrinol Diabetes Nutr, 66 (2019), pp. 74-82
J.J. Díez, E. Grande, T. Alonso, P. Iglesias.
Abordaje multidisciplinar en el diagnóstico y tratamiento de pacientes con tumores endocrinos.
Med Clín (Barc), 145 (2015), pp. 36-41
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Facilitators and barriers to team working and patient centeredness in multidisciplinary cancer teams: findings of a national study.
Ann Surg Oncol, 20 (2013), pp. 1408-1416
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Please cite this article as: Díez JJ, Galofré JC, Oleaga A, Grande E, Mitjavila M, Moreno P. Sobre la profesionalidad en el manejo de los tumores del tiroides y los grupos de trabajo multidisciplinares (réplica). Endocrinol Diabetes Nutr. 2019;66:529.

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