Healthcare concerns, including those that involve mental and behavioral health, can disrupt many aspects of overall well-being. In these cases, a unified team of interdisciplinary professionals can provide holistic, collaborative care that accounts for all aspects of a person’s health.
WHAT IS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY TREATMENT TEAM?
Interdisciplinary treatment teams emerged in the early 1900s as medical professionals began to specialize in various areas of health care. Involving professionals from different clinical backgrounds, interdisciplinary treatment teams developed to address the complexities of many chronic physical, mental, and behavioral health conditions.
Features of an interdisciplinary treatment team include:
- Members with diverse and complementary skills
- A coordinated effort in evaluating each client and shared decision-making regarding clients’ treatment
- Team member collaboration that results in a dynamic treatment experience for clients
STRENGTHS OF AN INTERDISCIPLINARY TREATMENT TEAM APPROACH
Interdisciplinary treatment teams offer an efficient, quality, and multi-faceted approach beneficial for addressing intricate healthcare concerns. Certain conditions, such as eating disorders and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS), often require treatment from multiple specialists. For clients with complex disorders, a treatment structure that coalesces professionals with different clinical perspectives within the same practice can be highly constructive.
Some advantages of interdisciplinary treatment include:
- More than just the sum of its parts: Within an interdisciplinary treatment team, professionals share their distinct areas of expertise, individual strengths, and unique ideas to conceptualize a synergistic treatment experience for clients.
- Consistent communication between team members: Interdisciplinary treatment teams typically meet regularly to consider each client’s treatment plan and recommend adjustments based on the client’s progress. By openly sharing their insights, treatment team members can coordinate their endeavors to ensure clients receive the utmost targeted and connected care.
- A comprehensive path to recovery: Many chronic conditions benefit from a variety of perspectives. For instance, eating disorders have overlapping mental, physical, and behavioral health elements. By involving case managers, psychiatrists, therapists, primary care providers, dietitians, nurses, occupational therapists, and recovery coaches, interdisciplinary treatment teams can provide care to clients from all angles, while also collaborating on their treatment.
- Increased client control over recovery: Treatment teams often include case managers who facilitate communication between clinicians, clients, and their families. As such, clients and their families are empowered with updates and encouraged to provide feedback on the treatment experience.
By providing an environment for close communication that helps ensure members are working concordantly, interdisciplinary treatments are able to provide cohesive treatment. Clients with treatment teams generally receive all-encompassing care that supports foundational recovery.
INTERDISCIPLINARY TREATMENT TEAMS AT THRIVE WELLNESS
At Thrive Wellness, we integrate interdisciplinary treatment teams into eating disorder treatment programs and “It Takes A Village” perinatal day program. At the root of our practice, our carefully curated treatment teams provide clients with specialized guidance from different professionals dedicated to helping them find healing. Reach out to learn more.