Healthcare professionals' perceptions of the role of a multidisciplinary approach in improving the care of patients with advanced chronic kidney disease.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


To explore and understand the experiences of healthcare professionals (HCPs) delivering care in a multidisciplinary care (MDC) clinic for advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients.


This is a qualitative study based on semi-quantitative questionnaire and semi-structured interviews with thematic analysis and deductive mapping onto the Theoretical Framework of Acceptability. Sixteen HCPs caring for advanced CKD patients in a MDC clinic in a tertiary teaching hospital in Singapore were recruited based on maximum variation sampling procedures.


The majority of the HCPs were supportive of a MDC clinic. There was a positive overall opinion of the programme [median 7.0 of 10.0 (IQR 7.0-8.0)], high satisfaction ratings for interaction with other members of team [6.9 (5.3-8.0)] and time spent with patients [7.0 (5.3-7.0)]. Thematic analysis of the interviews identified the value of MDC clinic in the provision of one-stop care, the improvement in communication and collaboration between HCPs, the facilitation of patient activation to make planned kidney care decisions, and the optimisation of medications. The main challenges were lack of continuity of care, manpower constraints, poor patient navigation between HCPs, poor patient attendance with allied HCPs, and the perception of increased cost and time spent by patients in each MDC clinic visit. The proposed interventions were notification of patients beforehand of the MDC clinic schedule and provision of navigation to patients within the MDC clinic.


A multidisciplinary care clinic for advanced chronic kidney disease patients was viewed positively by the majority of the healthcare professionals, with areas for improvement.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kwek, JL; Griva, K; Kaur, N; Lai, LY; Choo, JCJ; Teo, SH; Lim, LWW; Foo, MWY; Jafar, TH

Published Date

  • December 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 52 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 2357 - 2365

PubMed ID

  • 32740786

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2584

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0301-1623

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11255-020-02571-2


  • eng