Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Healthcare

Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Healthcare

DISCUSSION BOARD 250-300 WORDS DUE THURSDAY

 

The Community Health Center has emerged as an increasingly important setting and focus for a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to delivering health care. Political and economic realities promise to magnify the role of this institution.

To prepare:

For this Discussion, review this week’s Required Resources and reflect on the ramifications and potential for collaboration in community health centers.

Post a comprehensive response to the following:

  • Identify what you believe are the two key benefits of collaboration for community health centers.
  • How do you feel health care reform will promote or hinder collaboration and an interdisciplinary approach at community health centers?

Support your arguments with specific citations from this week’s readings.

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RESOURCES

 

Dieleman, S., Farris, K., Feeny, D., Johnson, J., Tsuyuki, R., & Brilliant, S. (2004). Primary health care teams: Team members’ perceptions of the collaborative process. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 18(1), 75-78.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

This article reports the results of an experiment to measure the impact on a variety of providers working on a collaborative health care team in a noninstitutional, community setting.

Fewster-Thuente, L., & Velsor-Friedrich, B. (2008). Interdisciplinary collaboration for healthcare professionals. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 32(1), 40-48.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

This article considers a number of factors that can help or hinder the cause of interdisciplinary collaboration, especially those associated with patient outcomes. This is an especially important matter as it has been estimated that nearly 70% of adverse effects suffered by hospital patients are caused by the lack of communication and collaboration between doctors and nurses.

Grumbach, K., & Bodenheimer, T. (2004). Can health care teams improve primary care practice? JAMA, 291(10), 1246-1251.
Note: Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

The authors identify and discuss five essential characteristics that teams must possess to work together successfully, namely: defined goals, clinical and administrative systems, division of labor, training, and communication. Case studies of a local and a regional primary care practice are used to advance the argument.

 

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