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What is a multidisciplinary team assessment?

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Multidisciplinary teams have members in multiple fields that assess various aspects or problems involved in a certain situation. The fields included in the multidisciplinary assessment depend on what is being assessed. When children with special needs are assessed for intervention programs, they are often looked at by specialists from the fields of psychology, speech and language pathology, physical therapy and occupational therapy. In medicine, complex medical issues such as cancer are also often assessed my multidisciplinary teams for integrative therapeutic approaches. 

While commonly used in medicine and education, multidisciplinary assessments are valuable in a variety of fields. They provide input that specialists in one area may miss. It is often suggested by realtors that prospective property buyers seek multidisciplinary assessments for the property before purchasing it to avoid surprises. 

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