The Impact of Gynaecological Tumour Board Rounds on Patient Care
Obstetrics and Gynaecology (East Africa)
Objective: The goal of this study was to determine the impact of tumour board rounds (TBRs) on the additional management of patients with gynaecologic malignancy.
Methods: A retrospective chart review of 1604 patients discussed between January 2011 and December 2013 at gynaecologic TBRs was conducted to determine the frequency and type of diagnostic discrepancies found post-TBRs and their potential impact on additional patient management. A discrepancy was defined as major if it affected patient management by cancelling, initiating, or modifying treatment; otherwise, the discrepancy was minor. Data collected included patients' demographics, pre- and post-TBR diagnoses, and management.
Results: The patients' mean age was 57.6 ± 14.1. Endometrial disease accounted for (43%) of the TBRs. The remaining sites were ovarian (25%), cervical (23%), and others (9%). Overall, 13.2% (n = 212) had a discrepancy; 3.4% (n = 54) of these discrepancies were major, and 9.9% (n = 158) were minor. Most major discrepancies related to changes in the tumours' primary site or stage, and most minor discrepancies were related to changes in tumour histotype. Among the 54 (25.5%) major discrepancies, 18 (33.3%) occurred in patients who had their additional management cancelled, 17 (31.5%) required chemotherapy, 4 (7.4%) required a change in the chemotherapy regimen, 10 (18.5%) required additional surgery, and 5 (9.3%) required chemoradiation.
Conclusion: The 13% frequency of discrepancies, approximately 26% of which were major and resulted in changes in patient management, highlights the importance of TBRs as a quality tool.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada
Halliday, D. A.,
Duggan, M. A.,
(2019). The Impact of Gynaecological Tumour Board Rounds on Patient Care. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 41(2), 180-184.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/eastafrica_fhs_mc_obstet_gynaecol/262