University of Oulu

Johanna Salonen, Hanna Nurmi, Ulla Hodgson, Hannele Hasala, Maritta Kilpeläinen, Maria Hollmen, Minna Purokivi & Riitta Kaarteenaho (2023) Virtual communication is commonly used in Finnish interstitial lung disease multidisciplinary meetings, European Clinical Respiratory Journal, 10:1, DOI: 10.1080/20018525.2023.2190210

Virtual communication is commonly used in Finnish interstitial lung disease multidisciplinary meetings

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Author: Salonen, Johanna1,2; Nurmi, Hanna3,4; Hodgson, Ulla5,6;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Biomedicine and Internal Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Center of Internal and Respiratory Medicine and Medical Research Center (MRC) Oulu, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
3Center of Medicine and Clinical Research, Division of Respiratory Medicine, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland
4Division of Respiratory Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
5Heart and Lung Center, Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
6Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Helsinki, Finland
7Department of Respiratory Medicine, Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland
8Division of Medicine, Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland
9Department of Pulmonary Diseases and Clinical Allergology, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-08-18


Multidisciplinary meeting (MDM) is a core element in the diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases (ILD). The aim of the study was to investigate the implementation and key elements related to ILD MDMs in Finnish specialized care, which is characterized by long travel distances and a large number of small centers treating patients suffering from ILDs. An electronic questionnaire was sent to ILD experts working at five academic centers of Finland regarding the implementation of ILD MDMs with the focus on utilization of virtual communication. Responses were received from all academic centers of Finland (n = 5) whose catchment areas cover all of Finland. ILD MDMs were organized in each center approximately every two weeks and the core participants included a radiologist, respiratory physicians, junior staff, pathologist and a rheumatologist. All non-academic centers could refer their patients to be evaluated in ILD MDM of an academic center. Virtual communication was utilized by all academic centers in the implementation of ILD MDMs, being most common among small centers located in Eastern and Northern Finland. Virtual access to ILD MDM of an academic center was available in most parts of Finland, enabling small centers to benefit from the ILD expertise of academic centers.

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Series: European clinical respiratory journal
ISSN: 2001-8525
ISSN-E: 2001-8525
ISSN-L: 2001-8525
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Article number: 2190210
DOI: 10.1080/20018525.2023.2190210
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
Funding: This work has been supported by a state subsidy of Oulu University Hospital, the Research Foundation of Pulmonary Diseases, Helsinki, Finland, and the Research Foundation of North Finland.
Copyright information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.