Thursday, February 5, 2015

All the Pieces to the Puzzle for the Patient


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Interdisciplinary Approach to care at Maimonides Geriatric Centre, Montreal

I watched the video above on integrating multiple disciplines at a geriatric center in Montreal. By involving not just one, but several disciplines, patients received quality care from all angles. Within this geriatric center, there is a chief physician, occupational therapist, nurse, art therapist, physiotherapist, recreational therapist, and more. In the video, they all separately voiced that they work as a team towards a common goal. They all have different personalities and different backgrounds but they all come together to give their patients the best quality care that they can. With just a single patient, they all have different opinions on that person, however, as one voiced, they come together and gain a 3D perspective of that person. Their work compliments each other. They are successful because they share the same objective and work as a team. 

Jack, one of the center's patients, said he chose the center because of its reputation. He wanted to become an artist, however, before the art therapist moved forward, she worked with the occupational therapist first before making any changes that could negatively effect his Parkinson's Disease. Jack stated that he had gained so much from both therapists and would recommend the geriatric center to anyone. 

This team is complete and effective because they are all from different backgrounds but work towards a common goal. Like they had said, they compliment each other. In the health field, patient care is essential and priority. However, implementing a single discipline will not achieve quality patient care. As this geriatric center exhibited, you need all the pieces to the puzzle. Patients need to be assessed and cared for from all different angles. 

This team at Maimonides in Montreal exhibits the Perspective Taking Theory, as well as the Integration Theory. They listen to what their colleagues have to say and view their patients' needs from a perspective other than their own. Additionally, the patients receive better care because the health care professionals combine all of their efforts and ideas to achieve better care. They all have the patients' best interest, and that is what's most important. 


Do you think this kind interdisciplinarity in health care is present in the majority of hospitals, doctor's offices, clinics, rehab facilities, etc?


5 comments:

  1. A great job weaving in some of the theory from the text to complement this wonderful topic. I wish more health care environments were like this one-- it makes so much good sense. All too often I think we experience our health care-- and maybe in particular our elder care-- in such fragments, which really does seem unfortunate not just for physical health, but for overall wellness. Great post! [Subjective note: the font here looks kind of overly large and squishes and unsophisticated. Maybe play around with a different font and see if the visuals might turn out more pleasing? But this is just a personal opinion-- poll others and see what they think. I could be alone on this!]

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    1. Thank you for your feedback, I completely agree. I felt that the original "normal" font size was harder to read to so I tried to make it bigger and more legible. However, I see what you are saying! I will play around with my next post.

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  2. I also did my piece on health care! I just think this is a field where can't take the risk to not be integrated and interdisciplinary. There is so much benefit from everyone working together for the common goal. You talk a lot about the different personalities and backgrounds that all of the specialists come from and that is something that i think gets forgotten a lot. But having all of these different viewpoints is so beneficial. Theres a lot that can be over look by just one person. As they say "Two sets of eyes is better than one" and i think that can be applied in this case too. Personalities sometime clash, having more than one person to talk and relate to can be just as important when something goes wrong.

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    1. Sonya, I read your post on health care as well! I really connected it and I was glad to see someone with a similar view as me. It may be my own personal opinion, however, I think that health care is not thought of as an interdisciplinary field. Integrating different fields in health care is so critical to quality patient care! As Professor DeRosa noted, often times health care is experienced in fragments and it can be so detrimental to people. I've been doing research on the elder population and falls risk and just being exposed to test subjects, it has really opened my eyes to the differences in the quality of care they receive.

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  3. I did my post on something very similar to yours! I agree with you that it its essential to have multiple disciplines working together to create a whole 3D perspective on the patient and to give that patient the best quality care. Especially in the older population, I think it is more crucial to put more disciplines into the care such as art therapy and recreational therapy along with "normal" health care because they don't really have anything else.

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