As you will probably agree, quality healthcare is in everyone’s best interest. Good healthcare is the key to our independence, productivity, happiness, overall welfare and well-being. But it’s difficult for anyone to achieve good health care on their own. For most of us, we need the help of physicians, therapists, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals. And depending on the complexity of our healthcare needs, many of us require the collaborative healthcare provided by multiple disciplines.
Primary healthcare begins with health promotion, wellness, and the prevention of diseases and health problems. And the complexity and breadth of health promotion, illness prevention and quality healthcare certainly benefits from the diverse knowledge and skills of a range of healthcare professionals. For many of us, we benefit from healthcare clinicians collaborating in an interprofessional team model of service that enhances not only coordination, but safe, effective and high quality healthcare delivery.
We have all participated in teams, but the culture of healthcare has long emphasized solo acts. The nurse acts apart from the physician, who is unaware of the physical therapist’s role. Meanwhile, the pharmacist may fail to communicate with members of the medical office staff, who are preoccupied by a myriad of distractions.
This is why interprofessional collaboration (IPC) is so important. Interprofessional collaboration is defined as “when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, carers (caregivers), and communities to deliver the highest quality of care.” It is based on the concept that when providers consider each other’s perspective, including that of the patient, they can deliver better care.
In recognition of the life-saving and life-enhancing service provided by teams of healthcare professionals and caregivers, the National Academies of Practice proclaim the month of April as “National Interprofessional Health Care Month.”
The more you know about your health, the better you’ll feel. At Good Days, we’re dedicated to helping people achieve a healthier and happier life. Helping people live good days, every day. That’s Good Days.
Sources: National Interprofessional Healthcare Month
What is Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC)?