Healthcare Student’s NameInstitutional AffiliationDate Collaboration PaperMultidisciplinary collaboration involves the integration of different healthcare professionals into teams through sharing of information, skills, and expertise while executing their tasks. Multidisciplinary collaboration is proving its benefits in the healthcare sector, especially in the primary care perspective. Multidisciplinary collaboration might take various forms such teaming of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and physicians. For instance, a pediatric setting may team up child cardiologists, oncologists, psychologists, psychiatrists and physiotherapists in sharing of crucial clinical processes for patients in the respective hospital unit (Aragona et al., 2016). This paper is structured on observation of multidisciplinary interactions evident through the experience in hospital rotations of primary care unitsMultidisciplinary and family collaboration results in positive patient outcome in primary care units. Parents may understand the health and behavioral status of their children much more than the pediatricians. The collaboration by professional results in standard and correct information to the family members who respect and appreciate the consistency of facts concerning their patient. This kind of collaboration is observed to win the confidence of parents and the entire family members because a share of authentic information means that doctors are accurate about the medical procedures they undertake on the patients (Figueroa et al., 2013). Multidisciplinary collaboration leads to a clear communication language with the patient and family by eliminating the use of medical jargons. Family members become fully conversant with the health status of their member because of precise elaborations. Multidisciplinary and family collaborations establish a contact between the hospital and the family. This relationship ensures that the family and the hospital relate in matter of daily life indicating a high level of care that wins the confidence of the family (Ben-Aharon et al., 2016). The family realizes the value of the facility and its workforce through the dedication of healthcare personnel towards the recovery of the patient. A collaboration of this kind provides a room for listening to the needs of all parties and provides the required care. This form of interaction is not just professional but friendly, interactive and supportive to the family under care. Sometimes, decision making is usually difficult for the family and requires the intervention of various healthcare professionals. Teaming up facilitates decision making in dilemma situations and helps the family arrive at the best decision with regards to the health status of their member (Donofrio et al., 2016).Communication and collaboration among professionals, family members and caregivers is one of my most successful achievements in the pediatrics service. This was achieved by encouraging the formation of teamwork for medical professionals who work in adjacent departments. Medical experts comprising of a team depend on the healthcare needs and goals of a specific client. This occurred especially in critical situations where patients required high levels of care for maximization of strengths and skills. Coordination and problem solving are the main implementation strategies for maintaining the bonds of professionalism for patients care. Achieving a multidisciplinary collaboration in a pediatric setting requires high levels of respect and discipline in the hospital setting (Rodriguez-Galindo et al., 2015). Encouraging the practices has ensured effective team- working in the child care unit leading to admirable outcomes for both the hospital and the clients. In an, otherwise, unpleasant incident where a child was born with a defective left limp that was longer than the normal right limp, it required extensive collaboration between the medics and the family members in deciding the future life of the baby. It took much effort for the pediatric professionals to convince the family members that the only solution would be amputation of the abnormal limp. The dilemma in this health situation was that a surgery to amputate the limp could lead to health problems while continued growth of the limp as the child approach adolescent could also generate other physiological deformities. However, the doctors noted that the risks of surgery were less as compared the child growing with the limp. There was extensive intervention between the family and the doctors to help understand and analyze the case before the final decision was met. Communication played a major role in ensuring the family understood the benefits and consequences of the medical situation. The decision to amputate the abnormal limp was finally met through the agreement. Despite the relevance of collaboration between a healthcare professional and family members, certain barriers exist making the whole process difficult. Culture as a factor might prevent the efforts of doctors, nurses or physicians in making decisions regarding a particular medical situation for children patients in general. For instance, cultures that prohibit organ transplant and blood transfusion might hamper the efforts of doctors in saving the life of a patient. Doctors might opt not to consult the family members in such cases whenever they feel the life of a patient is endangered by their cultural orientations. Religious beliefs also play a huge role in preventing collaboration between family and healthcare teams. Some religions also discourage blood transfusions for their members. Other religious beliefs discourage doctors’ efforts to prevent death because they view death as God’s plan unstoppable by man (Aragona et al., 2016). Collaboration in such scenario may not bear fruits and doctors might also be demoralized to engaging a patient’s family in discussions. ReferencesAragona, E., Ponce-Rios, J., Garg, P., Aquino, J., Winer, J. C., & Schainker, E. (2016). A quality improvement project to increase nurse attendance on pediatric family-centered rounds. Journal of pediatric nursing, 31(1), e3-e9.Ben-Aharon, I., Abir, R., Perl, G., Stein, J., Gilad, G., Toledano, H., … & Freud, E. (2016). Optimizing the process of fertility preservation in pediatric female cancer patients–a multidisciplinary program. BMC cancer, 16(1), 620.Donofrio, M. T., Rychik, J., Moon-Grady, A. J., Puchalski, M. 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