Interdisciplinary communication/collaboration has been researched and used with success to better patient outcomes and satisfaction across all areas of healthcare. Please take a moment to review the articles provided and then be prepared to share your own thoughts in a written APA paper (2-3 pages NOT including your title or reference page) about how you can help facilitate successful interdisciplinary communication and collaboration that will positively impact your patients.
You will develop a realistic scenario that describes how several different healthcare disciplines collaborate to provide safe and effective care to a patient in the hospital, skilled nursing facility, or outpatient setting. Consider some different scenarios that demonstrate how different healthcare professionals must communicate and work together to provide care to a patient.
For example, you as the nurse must coordinate the administration of pain medications before physical therapy comes to work with your patient. Think of how many different disciplines may be involved with the simple act of getting the patient to the physical therapy department on time…there are many! You may need to call the doctor to get the order for pain medication, then call the pharmacy to have medication delivered to your unit. The CNA or PCT will have to make sure that the patient has assistance getting cleaned up for the day and is ready to go. Finally, you must communicate with physical therapy to find out when the patient is scheduled so you can administer the pain medication before the patient leaves the unit.
Other examples that require interdisciplinary communication/collaboration: getting a patient ready for surgery or discharge, admitting a patient to your unit from the ED, or sending your patient off the unit for a procedure.
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