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The Value of Inter-professional Collaboration when Advocating for Medically–Fragile Children and their Families. Patricia Martinez MA, MSW,RSW E-mail:[email protected] Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics. The needs of children with life-threatening metabolic-genetic diseases.

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Patricia martinez ma msw rsw e mail patty martinez sickkids

The Value of Inter-professional Collaboration when Advocating for Medically–Fragile Children and their Families

Patricia Martinez MA, MSW,RSW

E-mail:[email protected]

Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics


The needs of children with life threatening metabolic genetic diseases

The needs of children with life-threatening metabolic-genetic diseases

The needs of parents

The needs of children

Interdisciplinary services

Advanced

technology

Support to monitor their children

24 hours nursing care

Respirology OT and PT

Home vehicle modification

Funding


Male patient

Male Patient


Rare inherited metabolic genetic diseases and interdisciplinary teams

Rare Inherited Metabolic Genetic Diseases and Interdisciplinary Teams

Primary Inter-professional Team(s)

Community and Government Agencies

Knowledge about government systems

Expertise in working with rare disease

Different medical and psychosocial professionals

Experience in common medical condition

Updated information

about policy changes that affect clients

Relationship with families from the beginning


Impact of inter professional collaboration

Impact of Inter-professional Collaboration

Social Worker Metabolic Genetics

Community SW and case managers

Identify policy gaps and make policy recommendations in collaboration with the health care team

Facilitates communication among different teams within and outside the Hospital

Support community health providers and other professionals understanding the unique nature of genetic metabolic diseases

  • Patient advocacy: - Educational

  • counselling

  • Grieving

  • Bereavement

Updates community professionals about patients needs

Provide updates of family matters when patients are not hospitalized

Help explain family dynamics


Demographics

Demographics

  • Young mother

  • Member of a racialized group

  • Lived below the poverty line

  • No kinship support network

  • In need of basic life skills

  • Successfully completed grade 9


The role of social work in challenging and navigating systems

The role of social work in challenging and navigating systems

  • This young patient needed 24 hours specialized parental/caregiver care seven days a week.

  • Was initially determined by community agencies that the family was not eligible to receive nursing care services


An inter professional approach was vital in this case

An Inter-professional approach was vital in this case

  • Guidance was needed to understand:

    • Parent-child relationship

    • Parental behaviours

  • The impact of the stigma of having a baby with a metabolic-genetic disease.

  • The role of the state in supporting this family.


Promoting the best interest of the child

Promoting the best interest of the child

Inter-professional approach was important to challenge perceptions of parental neglect.

Some parental behaviours can be interpreted as ‘neglectful’ when in fact are only ‘different’ and shaped by extraordinary circumstances.


The social construction of motherhood

The Social Construction of Motherhood

It is important to understand the impact of the social construction of “motherhood” on policies and procedures related to children with special needs and their parents (frequently mothers).

An inter-professional dialogue and action was crucial to challenge a policy regarding palliative care services based on the notion of maintaining the best interest of the child.


The well being of the child and the well being of the mother

The well-being of the child and the well-being of the mother

The interdisciplinary team consistently stressed the importance of linking the well-being of the child and the well-being of the mother in every single decision made.


Interdisciplinary approach and changes to social policy

Interdisciplinary approach and changes to social policy

The inter-professional paediatric team recommended non-traditional strategies to address the needs of a family in extraordinary circumstances.

**Advocated for the implementation of new procedures for medically fragile patients with metabolic diseases.


Changes in established procedures

Changes in established procedures

Advocated for the right of the young patient to die with dignity and obtained special funding approval for hospice and respite care.


Summary

Summary

The role of social work in pediatrics is vital to facilitate communication between different inter-professional and intraprofessional teams.

Interprofessional teams can potentially play an important role in the policy analysis and policy-making process to address issues affecting children and their families.

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Summary1

Summary

Policies for children with genetic-metabolic conditions such as Pompe disease and Mucopolysaccharidosis are generally based on what is known about more common illnesses.

Inter-professional teams have the capacity to make recommendations to social policies and procedures addressed to our patient populations in collaboration with the families we work with.


Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank the inter-professional team:

Yih-Jy Liu MN, RN NP

Megan Saunders and Margaret Mackrell (Nurses)

Dr. Julian Raiman and Stacy Hewson GC

Social workers from Peel Children’s Aid Society

and

Barbara Muskat PhD, RSW, Barbara Neilson MSW

Heather O’Driscoll MSW and David Lubert MSW

Denese Henry , Senior Secretary


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