Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Interdisciplinary Team Rehabilitation

  • Stephanie HookerEmail author
  • Erin E. Emery-Tiburcio
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_404


Rehabilitation team; Team


Individuals from diverse disciplines making unique, complementary contributions with a unified purpose to improve the outcome of patient-focused care beyond that of team members working separately. This is in contrast to multidisciplinary care, in which individual disciplines each work with the same patient or set of patients but do not operate as a cohesive, integrated whole.

Current Knowledge

Characteristics of successful interdisciplinary teams reflected in the literature include patient-focused care with highly integrated, collective goals across disciplines and a highly collaborative working environment with shared decision-making (see Suddick and De Souza 2006for a review). Activities associated with interdisciplinary teams include defining team-based goals, examining progress toward goals and revising as necessary, identifying patient and family response to treatment along with barriers to treatment and discharge, defining the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behavioral SciencesRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA