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Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Teams: Specialists in Delivering Palliative Care 

Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Teams: Specialists in Delivering Palliative Care
Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Teams: Specialists in Delivering Palliative Care

Polly Mazanec

, Rebekah Reimer

, Jessica Bullington

, Patrick J. Coyne

, Herman Harris

, Mary Catherine Dubois

, Catherine Rogers

, and Jennifer Aron

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date: 30 July 2021

This chapter defines the composition and roles of interdisciplinary team members on a palliative care team. The team has the responsibility to deliver patient-centered, family-focused care based on the recommendations from the National Consensus Project Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care. Within this chapter, interdisciplinary team members from an academic medical center discuss their respective roles on the team and describe how these roles supported a patient and family case study. The chapter provides an overview of the four most common models of palliative care delivery: inpatient consult teams, with or without a palliative care unit; ambulatory palliative care teams; community-based palliative care teams; and hospice teams. An introduction to essential considerations in the development of a palliative care team and the important components for maintaining a healthy, functional team are described.

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