Caregiving and Interprofessional Teams

Rationale

  • Caregivers are often put at a disadvantage by health care systems that aren’t sensitive to their needs. More recently, there has been an increase in the development of collaborative relationships across disciplines leading to integrated teams. These teams may be more sensitive to caregivers’ concerns and more receptive to their participation in treatment planning.
  • The 2008 Institute Of Medicine (IOM, 2008) report, titled “Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce,” states that family members should be included as part of the healthcare team.
  • Including caregivers would increase the healthcare team’s knowledge of patients’ backgrounds and living environments. This information would inform team decision-making regarding care.

Reference

Institute on Medicine (2008). Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce. Retrieved November 1, 2010, from www.iom.edu/agingamerica.

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