Teamwork in Palliative Care: Fulfilling or Frustrating?

Paperback | September 14, 2006

EditorPeter Speck

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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, thewhole 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 andfrustrations 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 toprotect 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 arethe most effective way of providing care?This book addresses key issues surrounding the role of the team in palliative care, and is an essential guide to reappraising the importance of collaborative teamwork, and enhancing understanding of existing team structures.

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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, thewhole multi-disciplinary team must be involved....

Reverend Prebendary Peter Speck has been a member of a Research Ethics Committee and co-chair of Clinical Ethics Group. He was previously on the editorial board of 'Palliative Medicine' and 'Guidance on Supportive Care in Palliative Care within the UK' (NICE).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.51 inPublished:September 14, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019856774X

ISBN - 13:9780198567745

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Table of Contents

1. Peter Speck: Introduction2. Peter Speck: Team or group - spot the difference3. Michaela Bercovitch and Abraham Adunsky: The effect of the setting on the work of the team4. David Oliviere: User involvement - the patient and carer as team members?5. Peter Speck: Leaders and followers, power and authority6. Noreen Ramsay: Sitting close to death - a palliative care unit7. Peter Speck: Maintaining a healthy team - a dynamic issue8. Malcolm Payne: Teambuilding - the how, why and where9. Ian Maddocks: Communication - an essential tool for team well-being10. Mari Lloyd-Williams and Iain Lawrie: Training in the interdisciplinary environment11. Bobbie Farsides: Ethical issues in multi-disciplinary teamwork in palliative care12. Jonathan Montgomery: Legal issues of multi-professional teamwork13. Barbara Monroe and Peter Speck: Team effectiveness14. Peter Speck: Conclusion