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Interprofessional Education 

Interprofessional Education
Interprofessional Education

Barbara Anderson Head

and Tara J. Schapmire

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date: 27 September 2020

Interprofessional communication is key to effective palliative care provision. Palliative care providers must have effective communication skills not only for patient/family interactions but also for interactions and collaboration with team members and other professionals involved in the patient’s care. The Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care state that “support for education, training, and professional development is available to the interdisciplinary team” and such education should include communication skills. This education and training should occur in venues such as baccalaureate and graduate programs, internships, and fellowships as part of each team member’s professional development and in the ongoing continuing education of healthcare professionals. This chapter explores the mandates and competencies currently influencing interprofessional education and team practice. Recent initiatives and research efforts related to interprofessional communication training in palliative care is described including those directed toward students, continuing education of health care professionals, and the development of existing teams.

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