Principles of interdisciplinary care coordinated palliative care without gaps or overlaps that truly distinguishes hospice within the health care system how does it work social work is an integral part of the team approach hospice social workers help patients and families bridge communication breakdowns and deal with the reality . Hospice and palliative care an interdisciplinary approach edited by dame cicely saunders published by edward arnold a division of hodder and stoughton london 1990 120 pages 895. The hospice interdisciplinary group includes physicians nurses home health aides social workers counselors chaplains therapists and trained volunteers the medicare hospice regulations use the term interdisciplinary group in the regulatory text but the term interdisciplinary team can be substituted. Hospice and palliative care teams provide interdisciplinary care to seriously ill and terminally ill patients and their families care teams are comprised of medical and non medical disciplines and include volunteers and lay workers in healthcare. Promotes an interdisciplinary health care team approach to providing advanced hospice and palliative care nursing to the patient family community and environment related to the potential or actual disease process and treatments
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