Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Teamwork in Geriatrics

  • Ruth Ann Tsukuda


Experience has taught us that the complex health care needs of frail elderly patients demand knowledge, skills, and expertise that no single health care discipline alone can provide. It is likely that in addition to physicians and nurses, the skills of social workers, physical therapists, dietiticians, pharmacists, and psychologists will be required. Furthermore, these health care professionals also may use the resources of other providers through consultative relationships. From this broad-based collaborative arrangement among health care professionals, the concept of the interdisciplinary geriatric team has developed. These teams bring together health providers from a variety of disciplines to assess, treat, and monitor the health status of elderly patients with multiple, complex, interacting problems.1–4


Nursing Home Team Member Geriatric Assessment Health Care Team Interdisciplinary Collaboration 
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