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
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
To read the full paper, click here.
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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