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The core team and the extended team 

The core team and the extended team
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The core team and the extended team
Author(s):

Dagny Faksvåg Haugen

, Friedemann Nauck

, and Augusto Caraceni

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199656097.003.0041
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date: 07 May 2021

Interdisciplinary teamwork is an inherent feature of palliative care. A team is defined as a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable. Efficient teams are characterized by good leadership, efficient communication, a strong sense of cohesion, and good decision-making and conflict resolution skills. A palliative care team usually consists of core and extended members. The team needs to be named and defined, but must also be flexible and integrate the professionals and skills needed in the individual case, as well as the patient and family members. The palliative care consult team has a unique role as the interface between palliative medicine and other medical specialties in the acute hospital, and has several levels of intervention. Every team should audit its own performance with respect to structure, processes, and outcomes.

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