A lot of the time patients are overwhelmed with information, but most of the time the information is already taught to them by someone else. The health care team needs to work better together to teach the patient together. This article makes a good point in saying that it all starts with the nurse. More often then not, the nurse is mostly always by the patients side and needs to understand what part of the health care team should be teaching what to the patient.
Physical Therapist - teach patients and families about mobility and functional activities
Occupational Therapist - how to be independent, ADL
Dietitians - teach patients about therapeutic diets, asses usual dietary patterns and talks to patient about how to achieve good health
Pharmacists - teach patients how drugs work and interact with other drugs and food
Social Workers - coordinate referrals to maintain emotional support
As the nurse knowing all of this, they need to be able to understand all the instruction/care given to the patient and be able to re-enforce every aspect of it. Nurses have a big role in making sure the patient is following the instructions from every health care professional and making sure the patient understands what they need to do and have an idea why. Nurses are known as the "eyes and ears" of this interdisciplinary team. They share information to the team about the patient and make adjustments to the goals if needed.
The interdisipinarity among the health care professionals I believe is very important in patient care. Without one part of the team, the patients care could be comprised because no one else is properly educated in that part of the recovery or treatment process. I never really saw this before, but the nurses are the people who bring it all together for the patient and play a very important role.
This article was very intriguing to me because it showed that no matter what is wrong with you, if you are injured, have cancer, pregnant or just had surgery, a team of health care professionals are working together to ensure you the best possible care.
Some questions that came to me while reading this are, what happens when there isn't good communication between health care professionals? How bad could it turn out? Could it cost you your life? Would it be the same without nurses?
Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Patient Education