Case Study : The Interprofessional Team Model

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The interprofessional team model is a group comprised of various healthcare disciplines working together towards common goals to meet the needs of the patient population. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines interprofessional collaboration in healthcare as occurring “when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive services by working with patients, their families, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings” (WHO, 2010, p.13). In my final practicum at I have experienced interprofessional collaboration, while involved with the methadone program at Rosthern Hospital. Nurses have an important role in the methadone program, and the involvement of nurses in the program has positive implications for the patients and the community. At the hospital, the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and support staff have developed a harm-reduction methadone program for their patients as a result of a community need. Finally, the methadone program introduced to me the importance of interprofessional practice, and how a successful healthcare team can function together. Interprofessional collaboration can be quite complex, but if the roles and responsibilities, as well as the needs of the patient are properly explained than an interprofessional team can be very successful in achieving common goals of the patient population (Virani, 2012). The Methadone Program Harm reduction is a concept that refers to policies, programs, and practices that aim to reduce the harms associated with the use of psychoactive drugs in people unable or unwilling to stop (Syme, Browne, Varcoe, & Josewski, 2011). Research has shown that Methadone therapy is the most cost effective strategy for reducing ma... ... middle of paper ... ... with a higher affinity to relieve the symptoms of opioid withdrawal (Melle, 2016). At Rosthern Hospital the methadone program has been able to address the needs of the community by successfully treating many cases of opioid addiction. Nurses are able to support these patients through their treatment by monitoring their progress through the treatment. Interprofessional roles and scope of practice are respected and utilized in the methadone program. The methadone program at Rosthern hospital is an example of successful interprofessional collaboration, where healthcare professional come together to achieve a common goal for successful patient care. Overall, the interprofessional team in the methadone program has demonstrated their own success with the successful treatment of opioid withdrawal, and by addressing the needs of a community suffering from opioid addiction.
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