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The expertise of physical therapists and other members of the health care team combine to ensure that decisions are made in the patient's best interest. What's to be done when a key team member is not on board and may be motivated by a competing interest? Consider the following scenario.

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Physical therapist Emily and occupational therapist Christopher are colleagues at Sunnyside Rehabilitation Hospital, a facility whose patient population is highly diverse in age and conditions, and which has a reputation for outstanding interdisciplinary communication and collaboration. This is the first job out of school for both Emily and Christopher. They feel fortunate to have spent the past five years not only growing in their own profession but also learning a lot about their colleagues' fields and how everyone can best contribute to the care of patients.

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