6.5 Conclusion

Key Learning Points

Here are the key learning points for this module:

  1. Healthcare team include families, healthcare professionals, social workers, settlement workers, public health workers, and traditional healers.
  2. Interdisciplinary teams provide an diverse approach to care which is helpful in chronic disease management.
  3. Collaboration required the capacity to adjust with different approaches and skills to work in multi-cultural settings to ensure optimum care of vulnerable populations.
  4. Skills include assessing problems, identifying key players, listening to team members, and working together in design and implement programs.
  5. Respect differences and become skillful in managing errors and misunderstandings with others to maintain positive working environments.
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I hope the key points covered in this module will enhance your appreciation of collaboration skills. While it may be challenging at times to work in interdisciplinary teams, it is gratifying to be a part of the comprehensive care that emerge from team-based interventions.

Duration: 17 seconds


Doug Gruner, Kevin Pottie, Ayesha Ratnayake, Kate Merritt


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