Questions and Answers on Inter-disciplinary Teams

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Q1.  Explain the benefit of using an inter-disciplinary team.

An inter-disciplinary team refers to group of health care specialists from different disciplines working together and focusing on a common aim of making decisions regarding a patient. Through interdisciplinary group strategy, patients receive quality care. First, the team enhances family and patient goals. The professionals focus on what the patient aims at achieving and work towards helping him/her. Second, the group provides a continuous channel of communication among the physicians, nurses, and other healthcare. When all the employees work as a team and channels information around the facility, they are able to enhance coordination and the smooth running of the health facility. Third, inter-disciplinary collaboration optimizes access of skills and competencies from each filed. An inter-disciplinary team consists of specialists from different disciplines. Fourth, the group nurtures respect among all experts and health providers, and this encourages all the staff to engage in inclusive decision making within and across fields.

Q2. Describe how using this team approach can improve client outcomes.

Several people in hospitals are often diagnosed by a number of different diseases. Fox example, the elderly require complex and special social, psychological and morbidity. The inter-disciplinary approach promotes effective flow of communication, which enhances proper coordination in attending to patient needs.  With joined efforts, they can focus on the different diagnoses of the patient in order to improve their services and the overall outcome. The approach helps them to avoid redundant assessments on the same patients, which leads to achieving more comprehensive health records. Moreover, it aids in avoiding risks the client might face when undergoing a certain treatment method. The team reduces the period a patient stays in the institute.

Author: Patricia Leblanc