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Table 1 Inclusion and exclusion criteria for systematic review on cost-effectiveness of MDT working

From: Are multidisciplinary teams in secondary care cost-effective? A systematic review of the literature

Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
Studies comparing MDT care with no MDT care Studies that are not comparative i.e. focus on MDT care only
Secondary care services i.e. hospital-based or community-based Primary care
Study design – RCT, cohort, case–control, before and after, cross-sectional studies, or modelling studies Ecological studies, case reports
Applied study (i.e. studies generating primary data or modelling of secondary data) Methodological and general articles, expert opinion, letters and abstracts
Population – persons diagnosed with any diseases  
Study setting – any country  
MDTs are defined as: Multidisciplinary ward rounds
a) Team members from a minimum of two disciplines making decisions; and
b) Regular team meetings to discuss diagnosis, treatment and/or patient management, occurring at a physical location or by tele-conferencing
Outcomes - health outcomes which are relevant to the disease being investigated  
Costs – average costs of organising MDT meetings, average cost per patient treated, or incremental cost effectiveness ratios  
Journal articles, grey literature Books
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