Improving a patient’s quality of care through increased communication among all a patient’s medical providers may sound like an obvious method, but unfortunately, it’s not. Modern medicine often involves the exact opposite multiple health providers directing different aspects of a patient’s care without ever talking to one another. Specialists make recommendations to the patient, often without even seeing the patient’s records kept by other medical providers. These circumstances often result in confusion and additional stress for patients who want nothing more than to manage their pain.
Improving Care Through Communication
Patients whose doctors participate in TDR® can expect that their medical team will meet weekly to collaboratively discuss the their condition and treatment. This format allows for second opinions and ensures that each of the patient’s health providers understands what treatment will be recommended. Each health provider who attends TDR® sessions contributes years of expertise to the treatment plan, ensuring that the plan is the best, most effective and medically sound one possible.
Communication among doctors can improve medical outcomes, head off unnecessary and costly laboratory tests, reduce potential over-medication and avoid redundancy or gaps in care.
Patients whose doctors participate in TDR® can expect that their medical team will meet weekly to collaboratively discuss the their condition and treatment. This format allows for second opinions and ensures that each of the patient’s doctors understands what medicines and other treatment protocols will be recommended. Each doctor who attends TDR® sessions contributes years of expertise to the treatment plan, ensuring that the plan is the best, most effective and medically sound one possible.
Communication also ensures the correct timing of treatments to promote better outcomes.
TDR® Turns Your health providers Into A Cohesive Team
In settings where health providers don’t talk to one another, a patient’s various providers know only what the patient tells them. This lack of communication creates the potential for fragmented care with contradictory advice that potentially overlooks important areas or over-emphasizes others possibly to a detrimental effect.
In TDR®, collaborative care doesn’t stop after team meetings. Each of a patient’s health providers, even those who did not attend the joint session, receives updated copies of the treatment plan for their records. This fosters cohesive medical care and ensures that even the doctors unable to attend meetings still have necessary information.
What Difference Do Patients See?
In this way, patients can be assured that each of their health providers has either weighed in on the recommended treatment plan, or at the very least, that each physician understands it. For the patient, TDR® removes the possibility of conflicting advice issued by multiple doctors.
Additional benefits include cost savings and better results for the patient. Studies have found that second opinions often reduce the likelihood of costly surgeries. Patients under the care of more than one health providers are also more likely to follow through on treatment plans, ensuring them the best possible outcome.
Contact IPCA to find out how a transdisciplinary approach may benefit you.