Interdisciplinary collaboration in geriatrics: advancing health for older adults

Nurs Outlook. Jul-Aug 2011;59(4):243-50. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2011.05.006.


The call for interdisciplinary research, education, and practice is heightened by the recognition of the potential it holds in generating creative solutions to complex problems in health care and to improving quality and effectiveness of care. With the aging of the population and the complex issues in caring for older adults, interdisciplinary collaboration is particularly salient to the field of geriatrics. However, despite interest in this approach for several decades, adoption has been slow and dissemination is not widespread. This article provides examples of recent initiatives and presents driving and restraining forces involved in adoption of interdisciplinary approaches.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Geriatrics / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*