The move towards more team-based care has grown over the years. Instead of treating patients singularly, now physicians are working in teams to create a more well-rounded patient experience. Being referred to a specialist, follow-up care with their PCP, and any other health coverage they may need is collectively treated between the medical group. Medical students must learn this type of treatment mindset while in training, so more medical schools are moving towards that learning scenario, such as the Medical University of South Carolina.
"The idea is that they learn, for all health care providers, what the
scope of practice is and what the responsibilities are, so that they can
really reach out and use other professionals to the best of their
ability." ~ Amy Blue, PhD, Family Medicine Professor (Medical University of South Carolina)
Many physicians tend to work in single practice and, when their patient is referred elsewhere, they are no longer involved in that aspect of their care. In team-based treatment, the team of medical professionals are all responsible for the patient. This supportive environment ensures that the patient is receiving the best care possible, as well as having all the treatment professionals aware of each step of care so they can contribute accordingly. Healthcare providers can focus on their strengths and rely on a team rather than having to pass along a patient once their needs exceed the physician's abilities. Team-based care is a positive outcome for both patient and physicians and the trend is growing.