This blog is written by our friends at Optimal Performance Clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic located in Downtown Vancouver.
You work hard to prevent workplace accidents but what happens when an employee gets injured away from the job? It makes good business sense to support an injured team member to return safely to work as quickly as possible.
To face the demands of a connected world, interprofessional care is quickly becoming the gold standard of health care in both public and private sectors. Interprofessional - or interdisciplinary - care can be defined as treatment that incorporates multiple professionals of various backgrounds or expertise with one common goal: improving your health.
Particularly in Canada, fewer and fewer clinics operate through a single mode of care. In the rehabilitation sector, most clinics will offer multiple services from physiotherapy to massage therapy, nutrition to chiropractic care, and medical doctors as an example. By treating the entire patient — physically, nutritionally and psychologically - with a well-rounded team of clinicians, this holistic approach helps to ensure continuity of care. Not only does this add value to the patient, but it has also been shown in most cases to improve the effectiveness and overall quality of care.
Help Your Employees Recover With An Interdisciplinary Approach To Healthcare
Interprofessional collaboration can exist at all stages of the healthcare continuum, including prevention, detection, treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery.
According to the Canadian Nurses Association, principles are set out as follows:
1) Focus should be on the patient
2) Population health trend needs should drive the services offered
3) Health outcomes should be tracked for the effectiveness and quality
4) Access should be provided where and when it is needed
5) Shared decision-making by professions with different skills and knowledge will spark creativity and innovation
6) Effective communication facilitates information-sharing and decision-making
This is also true in the sport and performance sector. Most, if not all, professional teams employ their own interprofessional care team from the professional and to community levels. Most medical teams employ a medical physician, physiotherapist, chiropractor and massage therapist to name a few.
While most of your employees are not athletes, sore ankles, knees, backs, elbow, wrists, and shoulders are no doubt commonplace at the office or job site. Whether the pain is due to overuse, a sports injury, or poor ergonomics, multiple disciplinarian paramedical clinics can help get your staff back to full function faster and more cost efficiently than single focus practices.
(Want to take the initiative to enhance workplace safety? See also: 7 Office Health and Safety Tips to Improve Workplace Wellness)
Encouraging employees to utilize the services of multiple specialists who work together, will also provide the added benefit of identifying the underlying cause of the injury. Many injuries are related to functional movement patterns which will result in the injury repeating itself unless the underlying cause is identified and addressed.
This is where interdisciplinary clinics move from injury treatment to injury prevention. Teaching employees why a nagging pain issue occurs and creating a treatment program to prevent further injury ensures that your team members are less likely to show up to the office on a Monday morning wearing a knee brace.
As a chiropractor trained in Canada, the importance of a multidisciplinary approach is instilled early on within our education, learning from medical doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists alike. Both in clinic and in sport, our team of therapists rely on and incorporate each other's expertise through effective communication and integration. As chiropractors, we are trained in providing the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and preventative care of biomechanical disorders originating from the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems, complementing other forms of rehabilitative care such as acupuncture and physiotherapy to provide the most effective and efficient recovery.
(To learn more about the paramedical services covered under employer-sponsored health benefits in Canada, see also this blog.)
An integrative approach to therapy has been shown to be not only the most efficient and cost-effective, but also associated with best patient outcomes. Share this knowledge with your employees to help them recover faster and with a holistic approach. Questions about your care? We’re here to help.
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