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Interprofessional team building and case management 

Interprofessional team building and case management
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Interprofessional team building and case management
Author(s):

Ellen Flaherty

and Terry Fulmer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701590.003.0022
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date: 23 October 2019

Interprofessional team care (ITC) and case management are essential to achieve the best patient-centred outcomes for complicated older adults with multiple comorbidities. Case management in geriatrics refers to a process of care coordination. Caring for complex geriatric patients with multiple chronic conditions requires the development and implementation of individualized, coordinated plans of care. Such plans of care often call for further evaluation, treatment, referrals, and patient or caregiver education, or both. Typically, this care coordination occurs in an interprofessional team of geriatric healthcare providers—which may include physicians, geriatric nurses, pharmacists, psychiatrists, therapists, and social workers. The components of good team care include effective communication, conflict resolution, understanding and respecting team member’s and responsibilities, and team governance. Formal training is necessary to achieve these skills. Providing efficient and effective team care is both challenging and critical in an environment of accountable care with a burgeoning over-85 population.

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