Collaboration to Assist Alma. How would you use collaboration to assist in compliance with a patient as difficult as Alma? With the evolution of healthcare to become more interconnected, coordinating care between different healthcare professionals such as nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and physicians has become increasingly important (Huber, 2022). Collaboration in healthcare is approaching patient care from a team-based perspective. According to the World Health Organization, collaboration enables multiple disciplines to work more effectively as a team to help improve patient outcomes. One of the important aspects of collaboration is communication. In the case study, Alma may not be a difficult patient, but the frustrations of pronounced name and probably the nervousness when she thinks of the medical procedure ahead makes her difficult. Collaboration to Assist Alma
Considering that she may be nervous because of the procedure, a counseling session would help. Patients awaiting major medical procedures such as Alma suffer from high levels of fear and stress, followed by feelings of fear, anger, loss of trust, and insecurity. Therefore, involving a nurse counselor in the treatment plan would help the patient manage stress (Alhamdoun et al., 2020). Involving her family members in the treatment plan is also critical because it will help the treatment team to learn the reason behind the patient’s reactions. Some of the patients are not comfortable when treated by people from the opposite gender. Therefore, involving health professionals from Alma’s gender is important. Some patients prefer to be treated by professionals from their ethnic groups. Therefore, learning about Alma’s ethnicity and incorporating a clinician from the ethic group in the treatment team may help. Collaboration to Assist Alma
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