Section 3: Collective Clinical Skills

Members of a medical care team meeting

A high-functioning care team is more attentive to diagnosing comorbid depression in HIV patients and can achieve better care and improve outcomes. Building a unified crew, however, is easier said than done. Care members will be asked to operate in unfamiliar ways, where the act of collaboration doesn’t always occur in their typical work environment.

When working to create a successful collaborative care process, it is imperative to take the time to plan the roles and responsibilities of every team member. The best way to begin building collective clinical skills is by creating an environment for sharing ideas, thoughts, and concerns.

Define every essential task and the team member best suited to perform it. Who is the best fit to be in charge of patient engagement and identification? Which team member should be responsible for treatment, outcomes, adjustments, and relapse prevention?

To prepare your care team for success, promote an environment for the capacity building of the entire medical staff. Equip each member with the functional knowledge necessary to achieve exceptional results.

Five essential components:

  • Identify an implementation leader to facilitate your initiative.
  • Agree on a shared vision that clearly states the common purpose.
  • Develop clear goals with a treat-to-target approach.
  • Consistently nurture your team and evaluate the process.
  • Most importantly, establish clear roles.

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