Explaining to a coworker the meaning of the interdisciplinary team will involve providing information and examples of how this aspect may be applied in a health care setting and its importance to an organization in achieving its set goals and objectives (Bickley, Szilagyi, & Hoffman, 2017). The interdisciplinary team is where different healthcare disciplines work together in different contexts for a common purpose. In a healthcare setting for example, a patient may have to go through different healthcare departments or specialists during the healthcare process (Bickley, Szilagyi, & Hoffman, 2017). All these different disciplines are all working to improve the health status of the patient regardless of the different roles and responsibilities each one of them performs in the organization.
For an effective healthcare process, the interdisciplinary team must collaborate on their administration of healthcare services to address the diverse complex needs of the patient effectively (Bickley, Szilagyi, & Hoffman, 2017). One example, which I can demonstrate to the coworker, may involve a patient who comes to a healthcare facility in search of healthcare services. The first process will involve meeting a physician who will perform diagnosis and make recommendations based on the results (Bickley, Szilagyi, & Hoffman, 2017). The next process may involve admission at the hospital, which may involve a nurse to provide care to the patient. After discharge, the patient may require counseling services, which may be provided by a counselor. All these processes are aimed at improving the well-being of the patient and require coordination, which will help the healthcare professionals in making informed decisions (Bickley, Szilagyi, & Hoffman, 2017).
Bickley, L. S., Szilagyi, P. G., & Hoffman, R. M. (2017). Bates’ guide to physical examination and history taking. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.