Interdisciplinary team meetings are designed primarily to coordinate the patient's plan of care. They also offer team members an opportunity to talk about particular experiences with patients and families, review ideas and problems, and grieve losses. Team meetings are a primary opportunity to deal with issues of change and growth and to encourage all members to attend and participate.
Many programs encourage all employees involved in a patient's care, including health aides and nursing assistants, to attend team meetings. The structure of each meeting should be consistent and should include enough time to address the status of each patient being reviewed, including ways to meet his or her needs and staff recommendations and responses. Tips for successful team meetings include:
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For further information on quality improvement in end-of-life care visit The Palliative Care Policy Center [ www.medicaring.org ].