Interdisciplinary Collaboration

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InterdisciplinaryCollaboration

Existing literature supports the concept of interdisciplinarycollaboration. Different measures are often taken to enhance clientwelfare. According to Capelle, Hui and Yan (2012), interdisciplinarycollaboration is an important tool that can be implemented to enhancethe provision of health care services.

In the contemporary healthcare environment, interdisciplinarycollaboration plays a major role, especially in critical care units.In Capelle Hui and Yan’s (2012) article, medicine and nursing aretwo case examples of practice areas that can be used forillustration. As a result of the conflict of responsibilities thatarise between doctors and practicing nurses, it is necessary fornurses and doctors to operate in a collaborative approach towardsprovision of efficient healthcare services.

Literature is in support of the idea of interdisciplinarycollaboration, majorly from the client viewpoint. In support ofcollaborative and interdisciplinary approach to efficient serviceprovision, Herm-Barabasz (2015) calls for effectiveinterdisciplinary communication in providing clients with the mostefficient services within any healthcare facility. In the absence ofsuch collaborations, however, the author cites various consequences.Some of the major effects would be disruption of care continuity andinappropriate treatment, possibilities of medical errors and adverseevents, and occurrence of preventable injuries among otheraftermaths.

Both Cappelle, Hui and Yan (2012) and Herm-Barabasz (2015) advocatefor effective implementation and use of interdisciplinarycollaboration as an approach towards enhancing service provisionquality. Through this form of collaboration, interdisciplinarylearning is enhanced. On the contrast, the absence ofinterdisciplinary collaboration has grave effects as identified byHerm-Barabasz (2015). As a result, a health facility or any otherclient-oriented institution should be in support of interdisciplinarycollaboration. To avoid instances such as clash of duties, theworking environment needs to accommodate universal support from anprofessional point of view.

References

Cappelle, C.V., Hui, Y. &amp Yan, A. (2015). Interdisciplinarycollaboration and relevant perspectives in critical care: suggestionsto the medical student. Alberta: Alberta Health Services.Retrieved fromhttp://www.uwomj.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2012_ER_Van_De_Cappelle_Hui_Yan.pdf

Herm-Barabasz, R.M. (2015). Extraprofessional NursingCommunication and Collaboration: APN-RN-Patient bedside rounding. LasVegas: University of Nevada. Retrieved fromhttp://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3364&ampcontext=thesesdissertations

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

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InterdisciplinaryCollaboration

InterdisciplinaryCollaboration

InterdisciplinaryCollaboration in its simplest form can bedefinedas combining two or more academic disciplines of study for instancenursing and business or economics. It is a dual process of processand outcome whereby sharedinterest or differences that are not able to be addressed by a singleindividual is directed by partisanstosolve complex issues. Interdisciplinary collaboration is not an easyprocess and has its challenges. However, the literature supports to alarger extent the professional issue surrounding this study. Research indicates that 70% of the extreme events ininterdisciplinary collaboration are as a result of lack ofcommunication among nurses(Fewster Thuente &amp Velsor-Friedrich B, 2008).

Theliterature indeed reflects the current situation whereby nursingprofessionals do not solve problems, share information or makedecisions toenhance coordination and communication of work candidly which are theessentialattributes of interdisciplinary collaboration. The literature agreeson the situation by highlighting and appreciating the fact thatcollaborative process delves on synthesizing different aspects thatenable the nurseto comprehend complex problems. The success of InterdisciplinaryCollaboration cannot berealizedas an individual effort or vision. For the process to be successful,development of integrative solutions must beformulated.

Ina nutshell, the authors posit that it is paramount to learn andmaintain diversity in communication in a bid to strengtheninterdisciplinary collaboration. The authors paid attentiontocommunication elements with a studyindicating that health care professions place a high value oninterdisciplinary collaboration despite having different prioritieson contactfeatures. Therefore, it is paramount to comprehend the contrast incommunicationso as to increase self- awareness aboutinterpretations we make as we interact with other team members.

References

FewsterThuente &amp Velsor-Friedrich B. (2008). Interdisciplinarycollaboration for health care professions. Nursingadminstration 2,40-48.