Interdisciplinary collaboration: The voices of hospice medical directors



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Curtis W. and Ann H. Long Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65212, USA.
Interdisciplinary collaboration: The voices of hospice medical directors.
Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2010 Dec;27(8):537-44. Epub 2010 May 3.
The value of interdisciplinary collaboration is a significant aspect of the palliative care philosophy, as identified by the founder of the modern hospice movement Cecily Saunders. The purpose of this descriptive study was to explore the experiences of hospice medical directors within this collaborative context. Open-ended interviews with 17 hospice medical directors were done and their responses were thematically analyzed. These narratives present a very positive collaborative experience by these medical directors in their hospice settings. Assisting medical directors to find time and financial opportunities for professional development and support within their role was found to be an opportunity to further improve collaboration.