Questions

Why is it important to have a well-organized multidisciplinary spina bifida team? Who should be included in this team?

Answer

It is important to have coordinated services by a well-organized multidisciplinary spina bifida team to ensure the well-being of these complex patients. Without a dedicated team, the care of these individuals may become fragmented and their health care may suffer.

The team should include: a physiatrist, neurosurgeon, urologist, orthopedic surgeon, pediatrician, developmental pediatrician, neurologist, registered nurse clinician, neuropsychologist, psychologist, and physical, occupational and speech therapists.

Neufeld, Eugeno, Monasterio, Livingston, Taylor, Riddick-Grisham, and Taylor. (2004) “Life Care Planning for the Children With Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.” In S. Riddick- Grisham (Ed.) Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management. (p.421-485) Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

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