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Scientific/Medical Question 13
What is the MDT and explain the role of 5 key MDT members
MDT stands for multidisciplinary team. The MDT is crucial to integrated patient care, enabling successful collaboration of of professionals across the health and social care professions. Five team members are as follows:
Doctors - doctors assess patients, request/perform investigations, prescribe medications and perform procedures. In conjunction with the patient , they strategise the direction that treatment will take.
Nurses: a nurse’s role involves planning, administering and evaluating patient care - such as diet, medications, monitoring vital signs, and ensuring record keeping.
Pharmacists: a clinical pharmacist is responsible for ensuring correct prescribing - be it checking that medications are correct, or that they follow national or local guidelines.
Physician associate: a physician associate is a medically trained healthcare professional who works alongside doctors to provide medical care. They can see patients, formulate diagnoses, and perform procedures. However, they cannot prescribe and must work within a scope and with a dedicated medical supervisor.
Occupational therapist: occupational therapists have a degree in Occupational Therapy. They work in the rehabilitation of patients, with the goal of helping recovery in occupational and day-to-day skills. They also assess patient function across areas that are relevant to their return to everyday life, and develop a program to help them as needed.