Multi Disciplinary Team Impacted On Quality Of Care

Wednesday December 15, 2021

Describe a clinical case you have observed where there has been a multi-disciplinary approach to discharge planning. Describe how the interactions between the multi-disciplinary team impacted on the quality of the patient’s care. What have you learned from this experience about effective multi-disciplinary team working and how will you put this into practice as a foundation doctor?

Answer 1)During a multi-disciplinary meeting in the mental health ward, several people including the psychiatrist, pharmacist, staff nurse, occupational therapist, community psychiatric nurse and social worker were involved. They were discussing about the discharge plan of a patient with bipolar disorder.

Each member contributed their opinions on different aspects of the patient. This includes the medication, mood, behaviour, social setting and the ability to cope. The team members then discussed about the weekend pass and possibility of discharge. This multi-disciplinary approach ensures patients receive the best quality of care, prevention of life-threatening side effects of medication and possibility of the patient getting discharged sooner to adapt to the life outside the hospital.

From this, I learned that effective multi-disciplinary team working involves appreciation of the skills, knowledge and opinions of others. It requires clear understanding and looking at the patient as a whole.

As a foundation doctor, I would be able to work in teams and value the opinions of my colleagues when providing treatment and management. It is important to consider the physical and social aspects of the patients when planning treatment and discharge. I would ensure accurate recording in patients’ files and clear understanding within and outside the team

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