The use of videophones for patient and family participation in hospice interdisciplinary team meetings: A promising approach

D. Parker Oliver, G. Demiris, E. Wittenberg-Lyles, D. Porock

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Abstract

Inclusion of patients and caregivers in decisions related to the delivery of care is inherent in the hospice philosophy. Telemedicine technologies offer a potential solution to the challenges presented by the geographic distance between team meetings and the home environment. While inclusion requires additional coordination by the hospice team, it also offers an important opportunity to improve communication between the team and the patient and family. A modified conceptual model based on two previous frameworks is outlined to support patient and family involvement in hospice team meetings. Further research is suggested to determine the structural feasibility of patient and family involvement via videophone as well as the structural and procedural changes resulting from this inclusion. Finally, clinical outcomes and family evaluation of the inclusion experience need to be thoroughly researched before final conclusions may be reached.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-735
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010

Keywords

  • Hospice
  • Interdisciplinary teams
  • Patient and family involvement

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