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Inside the interdisciplinary team experiences of hospice social workers.

Abstract

Interdisciplinary teamwork is the foundation for the delivery of hospice care. This project interviewed 23 hospice social workers by telephone to explore their experiences with hospice team collaboration. Two research questions were explored: (1) What do social workers perceive as the strengths of interdisciplinary collaboration and (2) What are the challenges for social workers on interdisciplinary hospice teams? Participants identified issues related to team process, administrative processes, and barriers to effective team collaboration. Collaboration was said to be fostered by good communication, trust, roles, joint visitation, respect, team building activities, and administrative interest and support. Challenges to collaboration included large caseloads, a focus on the medical model, limited visits, personality and team conflict. Opportunities for improved collaboration between social workers and hospice team members exist through active evaluation of collaboration and strategic initiatives aimed at improving collaboration.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Missouri School of Social Work, 709 Clark Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, USA. oliverdr@missouri.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17387087

Citation

Parker Oliver, Debra, and Marlys Peck. "Inside the Interdisciplinary Team Experiences of Hospice Social Workers." Journal of Social Work in End-of-life & Palliative Care, vol. 2, no. 3, 2006, pp. 7-21.
Parker Oliver D, Peck M. Inside the interdisciplinary team experiences of hospice social workers. J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2006;2(3):7-21.
Parker Oliver, D., & Peck, M. (2006). Inside the interdisciplinary team experiences of hospice social workers. Journal of Social Work in End-of-life & Palliative Care, 2(3), pp. 7-21.
Parker Oliver D, Peck M. Inside the Interdisciplinary Team Experiences of Hospice Social Workers. J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2006;2(3):7-21. PubMed PMID: 17387087.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Inside the interdisciplinary team experiences of hospice social workers. AU - Parker Oliver,Debra, AU - Peck,Marlys, PY - 2007/3/28/pubmed PY - 2007/5/9/medline PY - 2007/3/28/entrez SP - 7 EP - 21 JF - Journal of social work in end-of-life & palliative care JO - J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care VL - 2 IS - 3 N2 - Interdisciplinary teamwork is the foundation for the delivery of hospice care. This project interviewed 23 hospice social workers by telephone to explore their experiences with hospice team collaboration. Two research questions were explored: (1) What do social workers perceive as the strengths of interdisciplinary collaboration and (2) What are the challenges for social workers on interdisciplinary hospice teams? Participants identified issues related to team process, administrative processes, and barriers to effective team collaboration. Collaboration was said to be fostered by good communication, trust, roles, joint visitation, respect, team building activities, and administrative interest and support. Challenges to collaboration included large caseloads, a focus on the medical model, limited visits, personality and team conflict. Opportunities for improved collaboration between social workers and hospice team members exist through active evaluation of collaboration and strategic initiatives aimed at improving collaboration. SN - 1552-4256 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17387087/Inside_the_interdisciplinary_team_experiences_of_hospice_social_workers_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1300/J457v02n03_03 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -