Collaboration : A Unified Team Working Toward The Goal Of Creating The Optimal Environment For Patient Care

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Teamwork and Collaboration
Collaboration is essential in healthcare because it creates a unified team working toward the goal of creating the optimal environment for patient care. This paper will differentiate the multiple forms of collaboration, define essential characteristics of collaboration, identify barriers to collaboration, and describe an experience with collaboration.
Forms of Collaboration
The different forms of collaboration’s definitions are often interwoven, but do have minute, but noteworthy differences. Multidisciplinary collaboration is multiple team members from different backgrounds merely acknowledge the importance of the contributions of the different disciplines (Carter & Hanson, 2014). Interdisciplinary collaboration has members who freely share responsibility in the care of patients (Carter & Hanson, 2014). Transdisciplinary collaboration consists of members devoted to teaching to, and learning from each other along with maneuvering through boundaries to provide integrated care to patients (Carter & Hanson, 2014). Interprofessional collaboration (IPC), encompasses all of the three previous types of collaboration, yet is elevated creating teams working together with intent, respect and commitment to a common goal (Carter & Hanson, 2014). Collaboration is significant because it allows for different disciplines to actively participate in the holistic care of patients, utilizing each discipline’s specific knowledge as a building block to provide…

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