Informal discussion regarding surgical management plans between strabismus surgeons is common but this limits potentially valuable multi-disciplinary input and learning opportunities. We evaluate the effectiveness of virtual multidisciplinary meetings to provide a platform for discussion of pre-operative strabismus surgical cases.
Weekly virtual MS Teams meetings are held on Monday mornings for one hour, attended by the three paediatric consultants, paediatric fellow, all trainees on the paediatric firm and orthoptists. The meetings are recorded and available for reference to the content and for those not present.
Presentations for upcoming surgery cases are prepared and presented by the fellow, with discussion from participants regarding examination findings and surgical options. Cases are anonymised to allow multicentre collaboration. The agreed management plan is documented in the patient’s medical notes, and outcomes of challenging cases are discussed.
The management plan is formalised during the MDT. Where required, additional tests are arranged. There are opportunities for all participants to constructively challenge decisions. Trainees of all levels are actively engaged by presenting, listening to the rationale behind surgical plans, with the opportunity to ask and respond to questions.
Patients are informed that their case has been presented in the MDT to obtain multiple opinions, which gives them additional confidence. Orthoptists can see the impact of the measurements they provide, and how differing tests can change management plans.
This MDT has been a positive change to our surgical strabismus patient pathway. Knowledge and teamwork have been strengthened using this innovative virtual discussion method.
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