You are part of the Interprofessional Team for a patient with visible/ invisible disabilities who has been seen by the practice for the past 10 years. Your patient is a 57 year old female who has a progressive degenerative neuromuscular condition. She feels she is beginning to lose independence and has been thinking about how to mitigate her disabilities. One thing she is hearing a lot about is service dogs, she was very interested in President Bush being teamed with his service dog, Scully. She has been talking with all her providers in your practice about pursing this. You have been asked to participate in an IP team meeting to discuss your patient’s interest in pursuing a service dog as part of her plan of care.
1. How will you work with your patient, IP colleagues and others to address how to meet this patient’s needs?
2. What other professionals may be needed to complement your expertise in the care of this patient?
3. What do you know and what are your opinions about
• service dogs?
• this patient situation?
How will you effectively express your knowledge and opinions to your IP team?
4. How will your knowledge and expertise, and that of your IP team inform health and care decisions while respecting the patient’s values and priorities/ preferences for care?
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