The power of interdisciplinary collaboration in hospice

Elaine M. Wittenberg-Lyles, Debra Parker Oliver

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The purpose of this study was to identify collaborative communication and extend the theoretical framework of interdisciplinary collaboration in a hospice setting. Ethnographic observations and the Modified Index of Collaboration were used to identify and analyse perceived interdisciplinary collaboration and observed collaborative communication. Taken together, both qualitative and quantitative findings suggest that interdisciplinary collaboration also occurs outside of hospice, namely with primary care doctors and nursing home staff. Future research should explore collaborative communication between hospice interdisciplinary team members and non-hospice staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-12
Number of pages7
JournalProgress in Palliative Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007


  • Hospice
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Team-work


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