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The Benefits Of A Multidisciplinary Team Approach In The Healthcare Industry

Sarah Koszyk, RD

The Benefits Of A Multidisciplinary Team Approach In The Healthcare Industry

The healthcare industry will create 5.6 million more jobs by 2020 according to a recent study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education & Workforce. Those jobs include doctors, nurses, physical therapists, dietitians, acupuncturists, mental health providers, personal trainers, health educators, chiropractors, and much, much more. With all these various job specialties, how does a client benefit and receive the right assessments, evaluations, interpretations, and plans? How do all these healthcare professionals communicate with one another? The ideal solution is to have a multidisciplinary team within the same institution who are all in communication so that the client gets the most efficient results from the experts.

Many healthcare facilities have already established a multidisciplinary team approach and they are excelling in their areas. Chris Chorak, physical therapist and founder/owner of Presidio Sport & Medicine, has over 20 years experience in the health & wellness industry and will be opening a second location by August 2013. Presidio Sport & Medicine houses physical therapists, personal trainers, fitness classes, masseuses, and more. Chorak is an expert in movement and exercise and is a strong advocate for a multidisciplinary team approach in healthcare. Chorak states her client-centered practice assists people with achieving higher level goals of health and wellness because clients are seen on a continual basis and not just an injury-based situation. Also, the program optimizes results for the client because different healthcare disciplines are available to address the client’s issue from all angles in a holistic manner.

Team work and collaboration can assist with maximizing efficiency and providing positive outcomes in the health and wellness industry. Other institutions recognize the importance of having healthcare professionals work together and communicate with one another to optimize results. The University of California’s athletic director established the program called “Cal High Performance” in 2004, which focuses on coaches, athletic trainers, strength & conditioning trainers, dietitians, and sports scientists all working together and holding meetings to enhance the athletic performances and maximize the competitive advantage of the athletes.

Building a community is important explains Chorak. Even if your institution doesn’t have different disciplines on staff, you can still work with other healthcare professionals to build a referral network that communicates with one another. Chorak describes one challenge of getting referrals from others disciplines and involving them in understanding the importance of a team. Chorak suggests a solution to this is to hold informative classes, such as lunch-and-learns, with preferred referral sources so they can see the importance of getting everyone involved in the complete wellness of the client.

The multidisciplinary team approach benefits the client by providing efficient, cost-effective, positive outcomes for success. So who are you going to reach out to today to establish your multidisciplinary team of experts?

Sarah Koszyk is the founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. A family-based wellness program and recipe blog where she also conducts cooking videos with kids and provides families with healthy living tips. She is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach where she specializes in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, or LinkedIn. Sarah is also in charge of hiring employees and contractors.

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