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Multidisciplinary team meetings in palliative care: an ethnographic study

Borgstrom, E; Cohn, S; Driessen, A; Martin, J; Yardley, S; (2021) Multidisciplinary team meetings in palliative care: an ethnographic study. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 10.1136/bmjspcare-2021-003267. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Multidisciplinary team meetings are a regular feature in the provision of palliative care, involving a range of professionals. Yet, their purpose and best format are not necessarily well understood or documented. This article describes how hospital and community-based palliative care multidisciplinary team meetings operate to elucidate some of their main values and offer an opportunity to share examples of good practice. METHODS: Ethnographic observations of over 70 multidisciplinary team meetings between May 2018 and January 2020 in hospital and community palliative care settings in intercity London. These observations were part of a larger study examining palliative care processes. Fieldnotes were thematically analysed. RESULTS: This article analyses how the meetings operated in terms of their setup, participants and general order of business. Meetings provided a space where patients, families and professionals could be cared for through regular discussions of service provision. CONCLUSIONS: Meetings served a variety of functions. Alongside discussing the more technical, clinical and practical aspects that are formally recognised aspects of the meetings, an additional core value was enabling affectual aspects of dealing with people who are dying to be acknowledged and processed collectively. Insight into how the meetings are structured and operate offer input for future practice.

Type: Article
Title: Multidisciplinary team meetings in palliative care: an ethnographic study
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2021-003267
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2021-003267
Language: English
Additional information: © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2021. Re-use permitted under CC BY. Published by BMJ. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ This is an open access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported (CC BY 4.0) license, which permits others to copy, redistribute, remix, transform and build upon this work for any purpose, provided the original work is properly cited, a link to the licence is given, and indication of whether changes were made. See: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Keywords: clinical decisions, communication, education and training, end of life care, hospital care
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry > Marie Curie Palliative Care
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10136378
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