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Interdisciplinary Collaboration



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.


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