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Communication dynamics in hospice teams: understanding the role of the chaplain in interdisciplinary team collaboration.
J Palliat Med 2008; 11(10):1330-5JP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Hospice chaplains provide a specific expertise to patient and family care, however, individual roles and responsibilities that facilitate the interdisciplinary team environment are less well known.

OBJECTIVE

The primary aim of this study was to investigate how hospice chaplains perceive their role in interdisciplinary team meetings and to what extent hospice chaplains share common experiences within the interdisciplinary team approach in hospice.

METHOD

Hospice chaplains within a 10-state region participated in a 39-item phone survey about professional roles, group roles, and structural characteristics that influence their ability to participate in interdisciplinary collaboration.

RESULTS

Findings revealed that professional role conflict is experienced, primarily with social workers. Informal group task and maintenance roles included team spiritual care advisor and conflict manager, and structural characteristics consisted of extracurricular communication outside of the organization.

CONCLUSIONS

Although chaplains foster interdisciplinary collaboration within the hospice team, future research needs to address improvements to the chaplain's role within the interdisciplinary team process.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Communication Studies, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas 76203-5268, USA. lyles@unt.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19115893

Citation

Wittenberg-Lyles, Elaine, et al. "Communication Dynamics in Hospice Teams: Understanding the Role of the Chaplain in Interdisciplinary Team Collaboration." Journal of Palliative Medicine, vol. 11, no. 10, 2008, pp. 1330-5.
Wittenberg-Lyles E, Oliver DP, Demiris G, et al. Communication dynamics in hospice teams: understanding the role of the chaplain in interdisciplinary team collaboration. J Palliat Med. 2008;11(10):1330-5.
Wittenberg-Lyles, E., Oliver, D. P., Demiris, G., Baldwin, P., & Regehr, K. (2008). Communication dynamics in hospice teams: understanding the role of the chaplain in interdisciplinary team collaboration. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 11(10), pp. 1330-5. doi:10.1089/jpm.2008.0165.
Wittenberg-Lyles E, et al. Communication Dynamics in Hospice Teams: Understanding the Role of the Chaplain in Interdisciplinary Team Collaboration. J Palliat Med. 2008;11(10):1330-5. PubMed PMID: 19115893.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Communication dynamics in hospice teams: understanding the role of the chaplain in interdisciplinary team collaboration. AU - Wittenberg-Lyles,Elaine, AU - Oliver,Debra Parker, AU - Demiris,George, AU - Baldwin,Paula, AU - Regehr,Kelly, PY - 2009/1/1/entrez PY - 2009/1/1/pubmed PY - 2009/7/16/medline SP - 1330 EP - 5 JF - Journal of palliative medicine JO - J Palliat Med VL - 11 IS - 10 N2 - BACKGROUND: Hospice chaplains provide a specific expertise to patient and family care, however, individual roles and responsibilities that facilitate the interdisciplinary team environment are less well known. OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this study was to investigate how hospice chaplains perceive their role in interdisciplinary team meetings and to what extent hospice chaplains share common experiences within the interdisciplinary team approach in hospice. METHOD: Hospice chaplains within a 10-state region participated in a 39-item phone survey about professional roles, group roles, and structural characteristics that influence their ability to participate in interdisciplinary collaboration. RESULTS: Findings revealed that professional role conflict is experienced, primarily with social workers. Informal group task and maintenance roles included team spiritual care advisor and conflict manager, and structural characteristics consisted of extracurricular communication outside of the organization. CONCLUSIONS: Although chaplains foster interdisciplinary collaboration within the hospice team, future research needs to address improvements to the chaplain's role within the interdisciplinary team process. SN - 1557-7740 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19115893/Communication_dynamics_in_hospice_teams:_understanding_the_role_of_the_chaplain_in_interdisciplinary_team_collaboration_ L2 - https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/jpm.2008.0165?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -