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The GITT Approach from a Nursing Perspective
Lillian Flores-Perez, RN, MSN, NP-C

In observing the interaction of a GITT team, Flores-Perez understood how a nurse-practitioner can utilize both the medical insights of the physician and the social insights of the social worker, Before, those two perspectives often seemed in conflict. “I could see that patients under the age of 80 primarily need medical management. We need to make sure that we control the blood pressure and the diabetes and all those needs so they won’t have long-term negative consequences. But then I was able to see that after 80, the primary goal is to make sure that all of their psycho-social needs are cared for. Solely medical management is no longer a priority. So that’s when the light bulb went on. And once I learned how this type of team care is crucial for helping the patient, I was able to immediately implement it in my current job.”

Excerpted from the John A. Hartford Foundation 2000 Annual Report

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