Philosophical foundations of interdisciplinarity in caring for the elderly, or the willingness to change your mind

C. Davis

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The experience of team assessment of an elderly person is examined closely, focusing on the usual taken-for-granted ways in which health professionals interact with one another. The process of interdisciplinarity is distinguished from multidisciplinarity and from transdisciplinarity and the five elements of interdisciplinarity are outlined. A case study follows illustrating how these similar processes would be carried out with a given client. The suggestion is made that multidisciplinarity is rarely useful but that true interdisciplinarity at its best provides the client with a thorough evaluation and plan, and highly integrated care. Transdisciplinarity is briefly identified as a process whereby professional boundaries not only blend for the good of the whole, but in which also team members feel empowered by the contribution of other colleagues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-25
Number of pages3
JournalPhysiotherapy Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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