Team working: palliative care as a model of interdisciplinary practice

Med J Aust. 2003 Sep 15;179(S6):S32-4. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05575.x.


Teamwork is an integral part of the philosophy of palliative care. Cross-functional, interdisciplinary teams offer benefits to patients, practitioners and specialist areas of care. Leadership of teams can be difficult. With shared responsibilities, more than the sum of the competencies of team members can be offered. In palliative care the final decision-maker is the patient.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Palliative Care / organization & administration*
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*