Health Care Teamwork: Interdisciplinary Practice and Teaching

Health Care Teamwork: Interdisciplinary Practice and Teaching

Health Care Teamwork: Interdisciplinary Practice and Teaching

Health Care Teamwork: Interdisciplinary Practice and Teaching

Synopsis

While health care struggles with financing and quality care, educators, clinicians, administrators, and policy makers ignore an untapped resource. Well functioning interdisciplinary health care teams differ from current views of teams. An understanding of this hidden resource, as developed by Drinka and Clark, can help America's health care system.

Excerpt

This book is about the practice and teaching implications of interdisciplinary health care teamwork. As such, it discusses a topic that has both an interesting and distinctive history and current relevance. As forces of change sweep through the U.S. health care system, the subject of teamwork comes to the forefront of discussion with renewed urgency.

In the United States today, we are attempting to create systems of health care delivery that provide the best care to the most people at the least cost. However, as we face a new millennium, we find that in some ways health care has not changed much in the last 100 years. In the year 2000, as in 1900, a new era of technology is emerging; a tension exists in health care between those who think that therapies should be research- and data-driven and those who offer cures with herbal and other alternative remedies; and nonphysician health care providers are struggling to redefine themselves, resulting in independent channels of education and practice.

Health care is plagued with mistakes that clinicians and administrators try to cover up. Health care is as much a game of interpersonal communications as it is one of diagnosis and management. Harmful health care often happens as a result of no communication or a breakdown in communication between several providers who may or may not be from different disciplines or between providers and patients. As health care systems hire less qualified . . .

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