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  • Paper: Interdisciplinary Approach to Care is Essential

    May 23, 2014
    By Margaret Schmidt

    Across all care settings, an interdisciplinary approach leads to better patient outcomes. This has long been the experience of RehabCare and other clinicians and is also the takeaway of a new position paper published by the Journal of The American Geriatrics Society. The paper was produced by the Partnership for Health in Aging, a collection of over 30 organizations supported by the American Geriatrics Society who represent healthcare for older adults.

    Silos in healthcare delivery cause unnecessary fragmentation and may not address a patient’s condition fully, Long-Term Living Magazine reports.

    “When healthcare providers work independently, care can be unduly fragmented and fail to address the older person's overall needs,” wrote the authors of the paper. “For example, an individual's multiple health problems might be properly diagnosed, with appropriate treatments chosen, but the individual might also have cognitive and psychological problems that impede his or her understanding of those treatments, be unable to ambulate and perform activities of daily living, or lack the proper physical environment and adequate social support to live successfully at home. In an IDT [interdisciplinary team], all of these needs can be addressed proactively and simultaneously, with providers working together to accomplish common goals and produce a well-conceived, comprehensive care plan.”

    Therapy treatment spaces can be optimized for the different disciplines of care. RehabCare designs its therapy gyms with a multidisciplinary plan of care in mind. RehabCare offers our customers assistance for rehab gym renovation or design and will also provide input into appropriate equipment based on typical patient needs and a market analysis of the area.

    To read the full paper, click here.

    Karthik Muthu Permalink
    June 21, 2014 8:22 PM

    This paper is very generic with no practical value. Working as a team to achieve something that provides common fulfillment should not require a paper to prove the benefits. In fact even toddlers prefer to play in groups because its just more fun. I see the problem in the training that these furture clinicans receive in their college and during Internship. You have to develop those skills of working as a group for the benefit of the patient early on. Why should a PT student NOT spend a month of his internship under a mentor OT, a nurse, a physician ???? Should we not let a PT/OT and Nursing student intern together ??? Since we get trained in silos, we work in silos. And then we write a paper about it. Just my 2 cents. Thanks

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