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Interpersonal dynamics and multidisciplinary teamwork

  • David Reiss and Gabriel Kirtchuk
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Analysing interpersonal dynamics is an approach through which the multidisciplinary team can develop a shared understanding of their patients. This empirically based method provides an insight into repeated patterns of dysfunctional behaviour, which not only have been evident in the past, but are currently having an impact on the patient's relationships with caring staff. The technique is accessible to any team member with only minimal training required. It provides the team with a coherent map of the patient's relationship patterns that underpins the formulation of an effective strategy for care. The multidisciplinary team is then able to work towards shared goals, supporting all members in their provision of effective interventions within the full range of therapeutic modalities. The approach promotes positive staff–patient interactions and provides an additional dimension to the assessment and management of risk.

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Dr David Reiss, West London Mental Health NHS Trust, Three Bridges Unit, Uxbridge Road, Southall, Middlesex UB1 3EU, UK. Email: david.reiss@wlmht.nhs.uk
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