Quiz 8: Teamwork

Medicine

A team is an assembly of more than two people who function in combination to attain a communal goal. When one is a part of a team, he or she has admittance to all the experience, knowledge, and abilities of the teammates. With the help of teamwork, one can attain more goals, has more ideas, and solve more queries. Teamwork is important because of the following reasons: 1. It supports a more authorized mode of working. It helps in eliminating limitations that may inhibit someone in performing his/her job properly. 2. Promotes leaner and flatter structures, with less chain of command. 3. Promotes awareness and flexibility, mainly the tendency to respond to modification. 4. Motivates multi-disciplinary effort where teams cut across administrative divisions. 5. It helps to encourage the sense of equity, achievement, and camaraderie, which is important for an enthused workplace.

It is given in the question that the interdisciplinary team consists of a physician, social worker, psychiatrist and medical assistant. The team has formed plans for patient's treatment, independent of each other, without making any discussions. This can hinder with successful treatment of the patient. The given team is following a treatment plan, independent of each other. This reduces the efficiency with which the patient's health can be managed. It also becomes more difficult to achieve the desired goals for treating the patient. If the team does not form a collective treatment plan for the patient, the time taken for the treatment may increase considerably. In some cases, the different therapies used by the different team members, can even be repetitive and redundant. This increases the cost of treatment for the patient. This may adversely affect patient's health condition by over-burdening him/her. There may be undesirable and threatening side-effects that a patient may suffer from. Also, if the team does not communicate properly, they may have several unresolved conflicts, which will eventually, affect patient's treatment plan and health. This problem can be easily resolved by improving the communication among the team members. They should conduct regular meetings to discuss the patient's needs, his/her health issue progression and their own ideas to combat with problems that may arise. The team members must coordinate with each other and relay information among them. They should focus on reducing the treatment time, costs and burden on the patient. They must discuss the short-term and long-term goals and ways to achieve it. In addition, it is also essential to follow a time line and record patient's health record properly.

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