No matter how intelligent, experienced, creative, or energetic he or she is, no one person can create breakthrough change. Such work requires a multidisciplinary team (such as those described in chapters 2 and 11).
Colleagues willing to push for change can be easy to find. Innovators should talk to:
These are examples of the people who will care about improving end-of-life care and who will devote time to make improvement happen. Teams can find support and resources from community organizations, the faith community, or voluntary groups focused on particular diseases.
It only takes two people to begin improving their own practices, organizations, or programs. As they begin to recruit a team, they must be sure to recruit:
Chapter 2 discusses details about building a team - and Chapter 11 describes essentials for maintaining one.
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This online version of the book Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians is provided with permission of Americans for Better Care of the Dying [ www.abcd-caring.org ] and Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
For further information on quality improvement in end-of-life care visit The Palliative Care Policy Center [ www.medicaring.org ].