Title

Interdisciplinary or Interprofessional: Why Terminology in Teamwork Matters to Hospice and Palliative Care

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences

Publication Date

2020-09-01

Document Type

Editorial

Disciplines

Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Palliative Care

Abstract

Collaborative team-based practice can achieve all four components of the quadruple aim. But teamwork in health care has an identity crisis. Health care professionals refer to their teams as ‘‘multidisciplinary,’’ ‘‘interdisciplinary,’’ ‘‘interprofessional,’’ or the newest phrase, ‘‘transprofessional.’’ These terms are often used interchangeably and indiscriminately. According to the World Health Organization, this lack of clear taxonomy is seen as a major barrier to integrating effective collaborative practice into education and clinical settings. Using confusing terminology heightens the risk of reinforcing traditional hierarchies and power structures that can create a toxic environment that limits team effectiveness to address the needs of the whole patient.

DOI of Published Version

10.1089/jpm.2020.0299

Source

Seaman JB, Lakin JR, Anderson E, Bernacki R, Candrian C, Cotter VT, DeSanto-Madeya S, Epstein AS, Kestenbaum A, Izumi S, Sumser B, Tjia J, Hurd CJ. Interdisciplinary or Interprofessional: Why Terminology in Teamwork Matters to Hospice and Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2020 Sep;23(9):1157-1158. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2020.0299. Epub 2020 Jul 7. PMID: 32640855. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of palliative medicine

PubMed ID

32640855

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