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?