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Interdisciplinary sciences for better health!

In today’s research and clinical practice, it is very well known that the combination of different disciplines by health practitioners helps optimize better patients’ health results. However, many health professionals will still try to improve their clients’ health condition with respect to their area of practice. Indeed, disciplinary sciences are still very common in private practices characterizing one type of service such as psychology, nutrition, kinesiology, audiology and many other health fields.

Interdisciplinary sciences involve the combination of two or more academic disciplines into one activity (1). In other words, the combination of several disciplines will cross the boundaries of what one health professional mainly knows about their own field. Hence, the variety of different tools and information will better help understand client’s health condition. For example, a child struggling with obesity may need; a dietitian to help improve eating habits, a personal trainer for a specific work out plan, and maybe a psychologist to help resolve interpersonal problems in schools. All those different disciplines will help optimize better results and also enrich the quality of life for those in need.

It may be challenging trying to solve some clients’ health condition if we only focus on one area of practice. A client struggeling with their excessive body weight may consult a personal trainer trying to follow an exercise program with the aim of losing weight. However, the goals may be more difficult to achieve if the personal trainer does not realize the external factors (nutrition, interpersonal relationships, work, family, environment) preventing that person from losing weight. 

In fact, referrals by other health professionals must be encouraged to help improve clients’ health condition and quality of life. Furthermore, policymakers should also encourage prevention over intervention between health professionals to improve people’s health condition which in turn, will reduce the risk of numerous chronic conditions such as obesity, cancers, diabetes, heart disorders, osteoporosis and many other health conditions.

It is very important to describe in clarity your health situation to your health professional or advisor, including everything you have tried to achieve your goals. Also, do not hesitate to ask for another health professional’s opinion to better understand the root of your problem. Hence, if you are hesitating between different health practitioners, privilege a team that collaborates and works together for a better lifestyle.

Reference:

  1. https://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.proxy3.library.mcgill.ca/pubmed/28651583

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