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PostGina on 2nd November 2012, 3:54 pm

Palliative care term is an inter-disciplinary term and not a multi-disciplinary term commonly used in the healthcare system.
An interdisciplinary team comprises individuals from different professional spheres, each responsible for decision making within his or her area of competence. Unlike the multi-disciplinary team, the identity of the supersedes, individual professional identities and leadership is assumed by different team members depending on the task at hand. The interdisciplinary team members share information through discussion and work together to formulate goals because, the team is the vehicle of action and the interact ional process is vital for success. Their work is therefore based on negotiation and discussion and requires that each member will be willing to consider the viewpoints of the others.
Interdisciplinary team is involved in palliative care because Cicely Saunderg’s concept of “total pain” brought the idea that pain has physical, mental, social and spiritual component. In similar vein, Eric Cassell (1991) distinguished between pains, a thing that both experiences and suffering which only a person can experience. And because suffering is experienced by the person, it can not be mitigated without knowing something of what constitutes that person and his body, personality; his past, life experiences, his family, cultural background, roles and relationships, his regular behavior and perceived future. The National Consensus Project for quality palliative care in New York (2001) outlined members of palliative care team therefore to include the physician, nurse, social worker, counselor/psychologist, physiotherapist, chaplain, patient, family members/care givers and even the volunteer who comes to chart.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligebt but the one that is most responsive to changes. Change is the rule of life

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