Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) are made up of people who specialise in different medical skills including:
- doctors in different specialties;
- nurses in different specialties; and
- other healthcare providers.
The diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is multidisciplinary, meaning it draws on experienced clinicians, radiologists, and pathologists to diagnose IPF. Internationally, this approach is proven to improve the accuracy of diagnoses.
Therefore, in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis they need to work together to confirm your diagnosis and provide you with the best possible treatment. This approach can improve the accuracy of your diagnosis and avoid unnecessary testing, as well as resulting in a better experience for you.
Every leading ILD specialised centre has in place an MDT to determine treatment decisions.²² The type of people on an MDT differs depending on the country, but can include a:
- consultant respiratory physician;
- consultant thoracic radiologist;
- consultant pathologist;
- interstitial lung disease specialist nurse;
- multidisciplinary team coordinator; ²³
- physiotherapist or a rheumatologist or an immunologist*
Unfortunately, this multidisciplinary approach is not always possible. But, it is very important to try to exchange information between different specialties when evaluating a case.