Inside the interdisciplinary team experiences of hospice social workers

Debra Parker Oliver, Marlys Peck

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Interdisciplinary teamwork is the foundation for the delivery of hospice care. This project interviewed 23 hospice social workers by telephone to explore their experiences with hospice team collaboration. Two research questions were explored: (1) What do social workers perceive as the strengths of interdisciplinary collaboration and (2) What are the challenges for social workers on interdisciplinary hospice teams? Participants identified issues related to team process, administrative processes, and barriers to effective team collaboration. Collaboration was said to be fostered by good communication, trust, roles, joint visitation, respect, team building activities, and administrative interest and support. Challenges to collaboration included large caseloads, a focus on themedicalmodel, limited visits, personality and team conflict. Opportunities for improved collaboration between social workers and hospice team members exist through active evaluation of collaboration and strategic initiatives aimed at improving collaboration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-21
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 28 2006


  • Collaboration
  • Hospice
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Social work
  • Teamwork


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