An interprofessional approach is a process by which two or more professionals collaborate to provide integrated and cohesive care to address the needs of their patient population. It has the potential to link multiple professionals (physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, etc.) with patients and families and help eliminate communication and information gaps in the healthcare system. Oncofertility is a field whose success relies heavily on interprofessional decision making. Oncologists, reproductive endocrinologists, nurses, and psychologists work together to provide quality care in a timely manner. While many advances have been made, clinical decision-making processes still need to be improved to involve patients and their wishes within the framework. Additionally, more work needs to be done to identify and implement conceptual models underlying interprofessional approaches to shared decision making and those already in place need to be validated in clinical settings.
The Oncofertility Consortium is a prime example of how interprofessional approaches can successfully drive patient care. Our Fertility Preservation Patient Navigator helps to bridge the gap between clinicians and patients in a way that allows patients to feel empowered and involved in the decision making process!