Tuesday, November 6, 2007

This presentation is part of : Leadership Strategies in Healthcare Organizations
Developing an Interdisciplinary Evidence-Based Tool to Provide Best Care
Carol F. Robinson, MS, APRN, BC-PCM1, Connie Kohler, RD, CDE, CNSD2, and Meschelle R. Whitaker, LPT2. (1) Eclipsys, Wyoming, MI, USA, (2) Evidence Based Content Development/Implementation, CPM Resource Center, a subsidiary of Eclipsys Corp, wyoming, MI, USA
Learning Objective #1: The learner will be able to explore their own scope of practice and how it relates to intricacies of best practice and interdisciplinary care.
Learning Objective #2: The learner will be able to have a meaningful conversation and deeper understanding of tools necessary to provide evidence-based care practices for all disciplines.

Today’s health care provider must have easy access to evidence-based research in order to provide safe “best” patient care that looks at all facets of a person’s condition; physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual. This interdisciplinary care must include the patient, family and/or caregivers. Rather than healthcare providers collaboratively building on one another’s knowledge and expertise, caregivers provide care in a “silo” approach; thus the comment “don’t you people ever talk to each other?!”Through the use of a supportive professional practice framework consisting of evidence-based interdisciplinary clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) combined with an integrated documentation system, the healthcare providers will be clear on the disease pathophysiology, goals of treatment, potential physiologic problems, and specific interventions based on the potential/actual problems. A mutual education and evaluation plan (developed by the patient and healthcare providers) will support the patient in the best obtainable outcome(s).