Building a multidisciplinary team for burn treatment - Lessons learned from the montreal tendon transfer experience

E. Karam, M. C. Lévesque, G. Jacquemin, A. Delure, I. Robidoux, M. T. Laramée, A. Odobescu, P. G. Harris, A. M. Danino

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Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) represent a recognized component of care in the treatment of complex conditions such as burns. However, most institutions do not provide adequate support for the formation of these teams. Furthermore, the majority of specialists lack the managerial skills required to create a team and have difficulties finding the proper tools. Our objective is to provide an insight for health care professionals, who wish to form a MDT for burn treatment, on the challenges that are likely to be faced, and to identify key elements that may facilitate the establishment of such a project. The setting for this was a plastic surgery department and rehabilitation center at a national reference center. A qualitative analysis was performed on all correspondences related to our tetraplegia project, from 2006 to 2008. To guide our thematic analysis, we used a form of systems theory known as the complexity theory. The qualitative analysis was performed using the NVivo software (Version 8.0 QSR International Melbourne, Australia). Lastly, the data was organized in chronologic order. Three main themes emerged from the results: knowledge acquisition, project organizational setup and project steps design. These themes represented respectively 24%, 50% and 26% of all correspondences. Project steps design and knowledge acquisition correspondences increased significantly after the introduction of the mentor team to our network. We conclude that an early association with a mentor team is beneficial for the establishment of a MDT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Burns and Fire Disasters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Burn treatment
  • Complexity theory
  • Interdisciplinary team
  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Multidisciplinary team

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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