January 23, 2019

Written By: Zainab Shahid, College of Pharmacy, University of Sargodha

It would not be wrong to say that effective patient care is a hectic task full of responsibilities and it cannot be done without a chalked and effective teamwork by a responsible and vigilant team. With the advancement in science and the emerging complexities in diseases, it is not possible for a single person may be any health care worker be able to satisfy his/her patient requires the parallel work of different professionals focusing truly on patient care, centered teamwork with the patient at the center is the only way to achieve effective patient care. Aiming towards this goal, the motivation of team members should be backed by strategies and practical skills in order to achieve goals and overcome challenges.

A hospital is through a complex organization aiming at the best it can do for restoration and maintenance of good health; it serves as a medium through which professional staff pools their effort for the betterment of public health. Different teams work in a health care system with the core purpose ‘THE PATIENT CARE’’

Commonly operative teams in any hospital are

  • The core team, the medical team
  • Coordinating teams, for resources management
  • Contingency team, responsible for dealing with emergencies
  • Ancillary teams; can say including domestic staff
  • Support service and administration team

Focusing on the medical team it generally consists of the group of physicians and health care workers who are responsible for a patient’s medical needs and care while the patient is in the hospital and during a reasonable follow-up period. A medical team in a hospital generally includes:

  • Attending physician.
  • Residents, interns, and medical students (house staff)
  • Specialists:
  • Cardiologist
  • nephrologist
  • oncologist
  • neurosurgeon
  • orthopedic surgeon
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Hospital pharmacist
  • Registered nurses=.
  • Licensed practical nurses.
  • Nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants.
  • Speech pathologists.
  • Dietitians
  • Interns
  • Rapid response team

Effective teamwork is now globally recognized as an essential tool for constructing a more effective and patient-centered health care delivery system. At simplest we can declare that the health care system is a triangle with physician, pharmacist and, nurse at its corners and patient within in the triangle, without the mutual cooperation of any one of  the corner, the ultimate goal and desired outcome in relation to health  of patient cannot be achieved. it is obligatory for the health care team professionally and ethically to interact in an interdependent, dynamic and adaptive manner, each of the members should be enough devoted to performing the assigned specific role for achieving an ideal health care status which is indeed the common and valued objective of every health care professional.