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Teamwork in Palliative Care

Edited by Peter Speck

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780198567745
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730436 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567745.001.0001
Teamwork in Palliative Care

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Teamwork is a complex but essential component of palliative care. The needs of people diagnosed with life threatening disease will vary greatly over time, and it is rarely possible for just one professional to be able to provide adequate care. In order to ensure an holistic approach, the whole multi-disciplinary team must be involved. Inevitable questions arise from such an approach, and this book seeks to address these. How does a team come into being? What different formats are there? How might the patient contribute to the effectiveness of their care and the way in which the team operates? What are the difficulties and frustrations encountered in developing and maintaining such teams? What models of working and styles of leadership have developed? How are power and authority handled within the team setting? The importance of team building, training, support, attention to group process, and stress management to protect the mental health of the team are explored. The ethical issues inherent in palliative care such as consent, autonomy, confidentiality, decision making within teams, and the legal implications of such are also discussed. The book concludes with one important question: Do we know if teams are the most effective way of providing care?

Keywords: teamwork; palliative care; holistic approach; multi-disciplinary team; ethical issues; legal implications

Book.  240 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: palliative medicine

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Introductionin Teamwork in Palliative Care

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Leaders and Followersin Teamwork in Palliative Care

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Sitting Close to Deathin Teamwork in Palliative Care

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Maintaining A Healthy Teamin Teamwork in Palliative Care

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Team Building: How, Why and Where?in Teamwork in Palliative Care

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