Date of Award
Critically Appraised Topic
Gail Bass/Devon Olson Lambert
Occupational therapy is crucial to the interprofessional team, with a focus on client-centered interventions, a holistic approach to health promotion and prevention and a comprehensive overlook on quality of life. The focus of occupational therapy is to collaborate with clients to find meaningful engagement in occupations to promote participation. The occupational therapist’s perspective on the person holistically marks their contribution to the interprofessional team in order to meet the needs to provide for the client, their families, and their community (Doll & Earland, 2020). Other than occupational therapists, the interdisciplinary team may consist of nurses, pharmacists and caregivers. Nurses are in a position to teach medication self-management to patients and their families to prepare them for discharge. Pharmacists are in a position where they are able to review regimen complexity when conducting medication reviews (Elliot, et al., 2013). In addition, they directly communicate information to the patient's primary healthcare provider. By doing so, the patient will have a clearer understanding of the appropriate medications to consume. Formal and informal caregivers, who are taught to distribute medications properly to those they are caring for, can be seen as collaborators in the interdisciplinary team.
Berginski, Megan; Graves, Bryce; and Hernandez, Christopher, "Identifying Occupational Therapy’s Role in the Interprofessional Team for Combating Barriers to Correct Medication Adherence for Older Adults" (2021). Critically Appraised Topics. 22.