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ERIC Number: EJ932743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0889-7018
Preparing Students to Be Empathic Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Team Members
Koch, Lynn; Gitchel, Dent; Higgins, Kristin
Rehabilitation Education, v23 n2 p119-126 2009
Interdisciplinary collaboration is a key component of rehabilitation practice. It ensures that a holistic and coordinated approach to planning is implemented. Just as the therapeutic relationship is enhanced through empathic understanding and communication, so too is the effectiveness of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team in achieving desired consumer outcomes. The purposes of this article are to (a) introduce and define related concepts of interdisciplinary empathy and empathic interdisciplinary teamwork, (b) explore barriers and facilitators of empathic interdisciplinary teamwork, and (c) examine how rehabilitation educators can effectively prepare students for their future professional roles as empathic interdisciplinary rehabilitation team members.
National Council on Rehabilitation Education. California State University, 5005 North Maple Avenue M/S ED 3, Fresno, CA 93740. Tel: 559-906-0787; Fax: 559-412 2550; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A