Supporting the professional carers
A sound knowledge of terminal care and the skills to pass on this knowledge are essential for the educational role of the palliative team. This chapter examines this role in more detail. It also reviews the other ways in which the team supports the doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff. Supporting and meeting the needs of other professional carers is made more difficult when they are not able to acknowledge stress. The discussion considers the problems that nurses, doctors, and other health professionals experience when looking after the terminally ill patients. It challenges palliative care teams to extend their support and involvement beyond patients and their families to include the ward teams caring for these patients, and also pays attention to the palliative care team's role in teaching, emphasizing the multidisciplinary nature of this work.
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