Working With an Interdisciplinary Team

Collaboration with other professionals and placing the patient at the center of treatment and comfort care makes palliative care an effective service. The following people can be part of palliative care teams:

  • Physicians
  • Psychologists and psychotherapists
  • Advanced practice providers, such as advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants
  • Social workers
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Dieticians
  • Chaplains
  • Child life specialists
  • Family members of the patient
  • Other health care providers, such as respiratory therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists

Working within an interdisciplinary team requires approaching treatment holistically. Aspects of health care that providers consider include:

  • Providing emotional and spiritual support.
  • Developing and maintaining open communication with patients and families.
  • Coordinating care among providers.