chapter  32
Multidisciplinary team working
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INTRODUCTION The Oxford English Dictionary defines multidisciplinary as ‘combining or involving several academic disciplines or professional specialisations in an approach to a topic or problem’.1 The UK Department of Health has defined the multidisciplinary team (MDT) as a ‘group of people of different health-care disciplines, which meets together at a given time (whether physically in one place, or by video or teleconferencing) to discuss a given patient and who are each able to contribute independently to the diagnostic and treatment decisions about the patient’.2