An Integrative Review of Interprofessional Teamwork and Required Competence in Specialized Palliative Care

Pauliina Kesonen, Leena Salminen, Johanna Kero, Johanna Aappola, Elina Haavisto

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Abstract

To deliver quality care, social and healthcare professionals should be competent both in their own professional work and interprofessionally. The aim of this integrative review was to describe interprofessional teamwork and the required competencies for teamwork in specialized palliative care. Totally 14 studies published between 2003 and 2020 were included in the review. Interprofessional teamwork was described from the patients and professionals’ perspective. The required interprofessional competencies were described as teamwork knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values. Interprofessional teamwork is one of the essential factors in providing holistic and ethically sustainable care to palliative patients. The way how professionals confront death and dying effects the whole team; this suggests that support practices are important in palliative care settings. Ascertaining the interprofessional competence in palliative care will produce better collaborative practices and increase the care outcomes. The findings can be used as a framework when developing interventions to promote clinical and educational practices.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOmega (United States)
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • competence
  • interprofessional care
  • palliative care
  • patient care team
  • review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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