Interdisciplinary team approach

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    Personally as a nurse, I recognize that my knowledge about egg retrieval is quite limited. I would provide the patient with resources I already have on hand such as websites, printed hand outs, books, and other informational material that is readily accessible and easy to understand. I would then refer the patient to an fertility nurse specialist and also possibly a reproductive endocrinologist who would be equipped with more knowledge and resources to guide the patient with making decisions regarding egg retrieval. They would be in a better position to explain the process to the patient and provide the patient with options on how to approach this decision. In addition, I could also refer her to a social worker who would help her get in touch with fertility support groups for emotional support, and supportive counseling in the event that she faces difficulties during the egg retrieval process. As a health care provider, I believe it is important to recognize my own limitations and what is included or not included in my scope of practice, but also to be able to reach out to other professionals for an interdisciplinary approach as this is a team effort.


    I completely agree that the importance of the interdisciplinary team cannot be stressed enough. In addition to the patient being able to speak with each specialty, the manner in which people communicate and provide information varies which can allow the patient different ways to hear/learn the information.


    I agree with both statements above.  Further, this module 3 case study proved to be an excellent example to strive for when these discussions need to occur.  The setting was private, the discussion was intentional, clear, and highly professional explaining any medical jargon in plain language, and the patient was given an opportunity to ask any questions and receive direct answers to those questions.  I appreciated the sensitivity to the discussion at hand, its potential implications (it might have a negative effect in theory but there is no research telling us different that it has more negative consequences than positive ones, etc), and the time spent in educating and promoting being an active partner in care (the HCP describing the choices and the pt deciding for herself what is best for herself in her current situation).


    I share the views of others regarding the importance of an interdisciplinary team.  I also like a model in which each member has the ability to offer a basic description and explanation of the work of colleagues from other specialties and encourage the referral.  I think it enhances confidence that all are working together when each is versed in the fundamentals of the various dimensions of care.

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