On Healthcare Collaboration Trends

A Lay Perspective

By David K. Luke MIM CMP

[Investment Advisor]


Collaboration within healthcare has sprung from the general body of health communication research; ie., crowd-sourcing, etc..

And, there are a number of other emerging trends, visible to the lay man or woman, in the patient collaboration arena today.

1. Cross-Discipline Communication Teams

One trend is the formation of cross-discipline communication teams among health care professionals.  Different disciplines in pairs, small groups and teams now collaborate directly with each other. This is an important development in improving the healthcare delivery process to the patient.

Typically health care providers tend to identify strongly with their own discipline and likewise cross collaboration may be very difficult. But this trend is developing so that Nurses, Social workers, pharmacists and others work with physicians with a full realm of issues. Likewise we see now the Nurse/Physician collaborative, Nurse Practitioner/Physician Collaborative, Social Worker/Physician, Pharmacist/Physician and even Physician/Physician collaborative groups.

2. Clinical Health Care Teams

A second trend in patient collaboration is Clinical Health Care Teams.  A team approach to care and measurable patient outcomes has shown in studies (Cooke, 1997; Cooley, 1994: Fagin, 1992, et al.) as improving overall care for patients. These multidisciplinary teams facilitate and improve training of students in medicine and nursing and other related fields as well.

3. Informal Backstage Communication

Finally, a third emerging patient collaborative trend is the increase is informal backstage communication.

Typically communication in the healthcare setting regarding the patient has been done among the team members in a team meeting setting for a one to two hour collaboration session.

Now we see the emergence of the backstage regions such as the break rooms, hallways, clinic computer desk, work tables, photocopy rooms, and offices. While these encounters between team members are often fleeting and “messy”, the environment within a practice setting can be consciously created to allow for this increased interaction among team members that will certainly improve the care of the patient.

Of course social media and e-communication facilitates this trend.


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One Response

  1. Physician Practice Trends Survey 2012
    [Preliminary Results]

    Between March and June 2012, Jackson Healthcare conducted a series of online physician surveys that included all medical specialities. This is the first of a multi-year survey to track physicians’ work patterns and plans in the era of health reform.

    The survey consisted of six areas of focus:

    1. Patient Capacity for Medical Practice
    2. Access for Medicaid and Medicare Patients
    3. Current Practice Environment
    4. Accountable Care Organization/Medical Home Participation
    5. Use of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
    6. Current Retirement Plans

    Link: http://www.jacksonhealthcare.com/media/137811/physiciantrendsreport_ebook0712-final.pdf

    Hope Rachel Hetico RN MHA


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