Interdisciplinary Health Care Team
Interdisciplinary Health Care Team is a group of healthcare professional from various clinical disciplines who work together as a collaborative unit or system toward a common goal of improving patient outcome (Bender, Connelly, & Brown 165). Interdisciplinary Health Care Team usually provides primary health care to patients with complex problems that cannot be solved by one medical professional or many professionals in a sequence. To provide effective health care, Interdisciplinary Health Care Team creates formal and informal structures that facilitate collaboration when attending to a patient. Team members define common goals and team mission and work interdependently to define and provide care to a patient. The team must solve disciplinary difference and overlapping roles for efficient care to a patient (Bender, Connelly, & Brown 166).
From the standpoint of a primary care adult nurse practitioner, Interdisciplinary Health Care Team is the most essential collaborative care when providing health care to adults. Adults usually face complex health problems that require special attention from health care professions from different fields. As a result, health care reform is working to encourage Interdisciplinary Health Care Team collaboration in providing primary care to the adults. Interdisciplinary health care team can consist of one or more healthcare practitioner working toward a common goal of improving patient outcome as well as preventing further complications to his or her health problem (Engum, & Jeffries 145).
Interdisciplinary Health Care Team has several benefits to patient care. Some of the benefits include improving patients health outcomes, enhance access to primary care, improves the quality of care and lowers overall medical cost to a patient(Bender, Connelly, & Brown 174). Using Interdisciplinary Health Care Team enables health care professionals to depend on each other when providing care to a patient. Hence, they reduce the need to conduct multiple overlapping tests to a patient. This reduces the time of providing care as well as health costs (Engum, & Jeffries 147).
Bender, Miriam, Cynthia D. Connelly, and Caroline Brown. “Interdisciplinary collaboration: The role of the clinical nurse leader.” Journal of nursing management 21.1 (2013): 165-174.
Engum, Scott A., and Pamela R. Jeffries. “Interdisciplinary collisions: bringing healthcare professionals together.” Collegian 19.3 (2012): 145-151.