Title Communication and Care Coordination for the Palliative Care Team
Subtitle A Handbook for Building and Maintaining Optimal Teams
Author Rebecca S. Imes, Jennifer D. B. Hester, Leah M. Omilion-Hodges
ISBN 9780826158055
List price USD 45.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 254
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2021
Original publisher Springer Publishing Company
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A focus on intentional communication, team building, and relational maintenance

This text is designed to help form and maintain palliative care teams that survive and thrive. Whether you are starting a new team or hoping to help an existing team, this text addresses aspects of team players, leadership, meetings, organizational culture, and self- and team-care through a combination of empirical data and real voices from healthcare professionals in palliative care practice. By focusing on the individual professional in relation to team health and success, this text shows how to develop high-quality, high-performing palliative care teams.

Perfect for students and working professionals, this text is useful at any time in your career or your team’s development. It explores the types of providers involved in palliative care, their roles, possible conflicts, and the opportunity to amplify their work as a team while overcoming the stigma that may be attached to palliative care. This book focuses on the foundational role of communication in leadership, team building, and the delivery of patient care. Designed to provide workable solutions to challenges such as poor team design, siloing, and faulty communication, it provides suggestions that can be implemented immediately by your palliative care team. This focus allows healthcare professionals who are passionate about palliative care to grow into high-functioning teams with a focus on excellent patient care.


Key Features:

  • Satisfactory and unsatisfactory palliative care experiences
  • Stories from nurses, social workers, chaplains, physicians, pharmacists, executives, patients, and families
  • Pearls From the Field: Provider and team takeaways
  • Best practices of team leaders
  • Tips for individuals and palliative care teams to communicate with other providers, departments, and senior leadership
  • Discussions on how to improve short-term and long-term functionality
  • Outlines to use as predictors of burnout for palliative care professionals and teams
  • Self-care and team-care suggestions
  • A combination of recent research and theory in an accessible writing style
  • Includes case study and self-care plan supplements


Foreword (Andy E. Esch, MD, MBA)



Palliative Care Resources

Chapter 1. Why We Need to Talk About Teams and Communication in Palliative Care

Chapter 2. Who Are the Players? Exploring the Types of Palliative Care Providers

Chapter 3. Formation and Maintenance of High-Performing Palliative Care Teams

Chapter 4. Leading Palliative Care Teams

Chapter 5. Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Team Meetings

Chapter 6. Occupational Culture: Understanding the Role and Stigma of Palliative Care

Chapter 7. Self-Care and Team Care in Emotional Labor–Intensive Positions


About the Authors:

Rebecca S. Imes, PhD (University of Iowa), is associate professor of communication at Carroll University. With a lifelong interest in provider–patient relationships, she began her study of health communication at Tufts University School of Medicine and Emerson College, and she has been researching and teaching in this area for the past 20 years. Her research interests concern relationships in health contexts, and her work includes research on patient–family communication, provider–patient communication, and communication in high-functioning palliative care teams. She also lectures on topics in health communication in settings such as the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Bader International Study Center in Herstmonceux, England. She is published in Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Family Communication, Psycho-Oncology, Family Relations, and Patient Education and Counseling, among others.

Leah M. Omilion-Hodges, PhD (Wayne State University), is associate professor in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. Her research fuses organizational communication with health communication, allowing her to explore questions that are relevant to academics and practitioners within applied communication contexts. Dr. Omilion-Hodges draws from her years of professional experience working in the healthcare industry to help her design research projects that are theoretically grounded but offer real-world insight for organizational members. Her primary areas of research include leader–member relationships, workgroup dynamics, and the employee experience within the palliative care setting. Her work has been published in Leadership Quarterly, Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Yearbook: Annals of the International Communication Association, International Journal of Business Communication, Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, and Health Communication, among others.

Jennifer D. B. Hester, DNP (The Christ Hospital Health Network), is a palliative care clinical nurse specialist practicing with a high-performing transdisciplinary team at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned a MS and DNP at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and is a board-certified APRN in both palliative care (ACHPN) and oncology (AOCNS). For the past 10 years, she has led the development and growth of a palliative care program that is recognized by The Joint Commission for Advanced Certification in Palliative Care. She serves as faculty for The Christ Hospital’s Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. She has presented her work on the development of electronic health records for outcomes measurement in her field at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assemblies and the Center to Advance Palliative Care National Seminars. She is published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

Target Audience:

This book is useful for the working palliative care professional, medical and nursing schools, graduate communication and social work programs, advanced undergraduate courses in health communication, nursing, and sociology.

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