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Perspectives: Communication: The Key to Effective Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Care of a Child with Complex Rehabilitation Needs

Authors

  • Paula A. Reber MEd RN CRRN,

    Senior Staff Educator, Corresponding authorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Paula A. Reber, MEd RN CRRN, is a senior staff educator, spinal cord liaison, at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD.

  • Elizabeth A. DiPietro MSN RN CRRN,

    Clinical Nurse SpecialistSearch for more papers by this author
    • Elizabeth A. DiPietro, MSN RN CRRN, is a clinical nurse specialist at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD.

  • Yvonne Paraway PhD RN,

    Outpatient Nurse ManagerSearch for more papers by this author
    • Yvonne Paraway, PhD RN, is the outpatient nurse manager at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD.

  • Barbara P. Obst MS RN,

    Specialized Health Need Interagency Collaboration Nurse ConsultantSearch for more papers by this author
    • Barbara P. Obst, MS RN, is the Specialized Health Need Interagency Collaboration nurse consultant at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD.

  • Rebecca A. Smith BSN RN CRRN CWCN,

    Senior Patient Care CoordinatorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Rebecca A. Smith, BSN RN CRRN CWCN, is the senior patient care coordinator at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD.

  • Charnan L. S. Koller MA RN CRRN CCRP

    Quality Assurance and Employee Health NurseSearch for more papers by this author
    • Charnan L. S. Koller, MA RN CRRN CCRP, is the quality assurance and employee health nurse at Encore at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, MD.


reber@kennedykrieger.org

Abstract

Healthcare providers have the unique opportunity to provide care and treatment to patients with complex medical needs. They learn early in their careers that the care they provide doesn't just include the patient. Communication is essential across the continuum and involves multiple providers and the family. An interdisciplinary team facilitates a comprehensive plan for recovery and treatment. This case study centers on the interdisciplinary approach to the rehabilitation continuum of care across the spectrum and its effects on patient outcomes.

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