Inter-professionalcollaboration is the practice whereby the health providers and thepatients engage in a mutual practice (Finlay& Ballinger, 2011).Through this method, the various health stakeholders consider eachother’s unique perspective in their effort to address the variousfactors that influence the health of the individuals and the societyin a better way. It is perceived that collaborated efforts yieldbetter results than individual efforts. The allied health providersare classified into two broad categories of technicians or assistantsand the therapists or technologists. The assistants are responsiblefor conducting procedures involving the health processes such aslaboratory tests and filling out the patient records (Finlay& Ballinger, 2011).The technician’s educational training lasts for less than twoyears. While the assistants work, the technologists or therapistssupervise them. The technicians in the allied health need to havesaturated skills in the physical therapy fields, laboratory andradiology procedures, occupational therapy and respiratory therapy(Parsons& Preece, 2010).
Thelearning procedures of the technologists or therapists are intense,and they involve the acquisition of procedural skills (Finlay& Ballinger, 2011).The technicians require such skills as knowledge of the evaluationprocedures of the patients they need to be equipped with theinformation on the diagnosis of various conditions. The allied healthtechnologists need to know the various methods of developingtreatment programs and acquire adequate knowledge on the rationalebehind different medications so that they can decide on theappropriateness of such medical plans. My allied professional role isthat of a phlebotomist. My principal duties include drawing bloodfrom patients for various procedures such as laboratory tests. Thephlebotomist conducts blood transfusion as well as blood donationprocedures. These blood collection practices are mainly done throughvenipuncture.
Thereis an increasing shift in the health practices from the “silo”systems where the medics rarely collaborated at work and as a result,there were low medical successes. The allied health providers havesought to collaborate with other medical specialists in the aim toprovide quality health services. Current research evidence indicatesthat there has been a gap in the healthcare facilities due to lack ofteam-based care (Parsons& Preece, 2010).
Alliedhealth is the branch of health care which provides servicesconcerning identification, evaluation and the prevention of illnessesand disorders (Finlay& Ballinger, 2011).This field also provides other care services such as rehabilitation,nutrition and health systems management. Allied health care workerscollaborate with some other professionals such as the physicians,nurses, dentists and the pharmacists. These professionals areentitled to evaluate and assess the patients’ needs and conditionsand update the doctors and other collaborators on the progress of theclient’s health.
Theallied health providers make it easy to access some fundamentalinformation that concerns the eligibility of the patients and theirclaim status. The services offered by the allied health professionalsare very crucial for the improvement of the health of the patients(Parsons& Preece, 2010).Through the practices of the allied health professionals such as thephlebotomist, the health care providers can know the nature and causeof the sickness that is affecting the patients. Otherwise, it wouldhave been a daunting task to try to find out the cause or nature ofsuch a problem. It has also provided the patients an opportunity toreceive blood from other people who share their blood groups. Thus,the lives of many people have been saved which would have otherwisebeen lost. This field has given other people a chance to participatein the medical fields as blood donors, and they play a vital role inalleviating the conditions of the patients (Finlay& Ballinger, 2011).
Finlay,L. & Ballinger, C. (2011). Qualitativeresearch for allied health professionals.Chichester, England: J. Wiley & Sons.
Parsons,G. & Preece, W. (2010). Principlesand practice of managing pain.Maidenhead: Open University Press.