What is a multidisciplinary clinic?
When individuals have complex medical needs, they often require the assessment skills of a variety of professionals. A multidisciplinary clinic allows the individual to stay in one place and have multiple providers see them at that time. The department of Speech-Language Pathology collaborates with multiple teams to provide multidisciplinary assessments so that several assessments may be completed in a short period of time. This allows for interaction between the providers, development of a comprehensive plan of care and increased convenience to patients and families.
What multidisciplinary clinics are offered?
Nebraska Medicine provides a multidisciplinary program to manage symptoms, maintain independence, review individual needs, provide the best care possible and provide the best quality of life. The team includes a neurologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, nutrition therapist, social worker, respiratory therapist and nurse case managers.
Speech-language pathologists work alongside professionals in the integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD) is to provide a multidisciplinary evaluation to determine if a child meets the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other related disorders. In addition, they help develop appropriate recommendations and provide referrals to address concerns.
Concussion management relies on the management of the physical, cognitive and behavioral components of the injury. The team includes a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist and academic liaison to manage each of these components. Patients will receive comprehensive care for their injury including assessment, management of post-concussive symptoms and modifications to assist with return to play, return to learn and/or return to work.
The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center provides the setting for the multidisciplinary Head & Neck Cancer clinic. This clinic offers evaluation and treatment options for those diagnosed with oral and pharyngeal cancers. Management may include surgical resection and reconstruction, chemotherapy and or radiation therapy. Members of the team include surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, registered nurses, prosthodontists, speech-language pathologists, and nutrition therapists.
Nebraska Medicine provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary program for Parkinson's disease. All patients not only see a movement disorders neurology specialist, but also receive an evaluation and management plan from a team of providers and therapists that includes occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, nutrition therapists, social workers and nurse case managers.