Good initiative and good thread!
I get the impression that "Support Team" means different things to different people on various medical forums ... including the context on this thread. Initially I thought you meant family emotional support.
To me good support means that the multidisciplinary and multi-company talents are properly coordinated, with the patient being an active partner. It is his / her long term (chronic) problem, so it helps to become as knowledgeable as one can.
An ideal support situation is being preached by Dr. Ralph Pasqualy (Sleep Medicine Associates at Swedish MC in Seattle) in his relatively layman book:
Snoring and Sleep Apnea (4ed 2008 on Google Books).
Many of us could talk about "sub-optimal" situations. A few examples:
- an adversarial situation: an excessively emotional patient, or a stressed out doctor trying to cram all decisions into a short billable event
- disciplines not being on the same page or not sharing data to interpret the data all the way from airways to brain control: sleep doctor, pulmonogist, ENT (for nose or throat), neurologist, dentist
- what happens to home visits once the DME got paid by insurance?
- PAP hw manufacturers not providing data in a standardized format; hence incompatible to transfer from one computer to another; this aspect reminds me of US cell phone companies fighting for market share via phone locking
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