Envision: A tool to improve communication in hospice interdisciplinary team meetings

Karla T. Washington, George Demiris, Debra Parker Oliver, Uba Backonja, Meredith Norfleet, Claire J. Han, Mihail Popescu

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Hospice interdisciplinary teams (IDTs) are required to meet regularly to update care plans for terminally ill patients and their family caregivers. Although providers see value in these meetings, they also experience frustration over meeting inefficiencies and communication challenges. The current article presents ENVISION, a tool designed to improve communication in hospice IDT meetings by providing attendees with access to up-to-date patient and family data to inform clinical decision making. In the current qualitative descriptive study, researchers explored the perspectives of hospice providers (n = 21) and family caregivers (n = 10) regarding ENVISION's usefulness and ease of use. Numerous factors influenced participants' perceptions of the tool as useful, including its impact on task efficiency, effectiveness, and difficulty. Perceptions of ENVISION's ease of use focused on ease of learning, operating, and interpreting data the tool provided. Findings suggest ENVISION would benefit hospice nurses in care management and senior leadership positions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2020


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