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Multidisciplinary Team Leadership.

Nyatanga, Brian (2003) Multidisciplinary Team Leadership. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 9 (7). p. 276. ISSN 1357-6321

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It is often asked who should lead the multidisciplinary team (MDT) in palliative care. Exploration is needed into whether there are criteria for leading and who determines these. An old acquaintance of mine once remarked that it is always the doctor who leads the MDT because of the medicalization of dying; it is the doctor who chairs the MDT meetings and the doctor who makes the decisions. Although the above assertion may have the resonance of a tired argument and misplaced assumptions, this still occurs in places. Most doctors would deny that their efforts culminate in an inappropriate medicalization of dying and death (Gannon, 2001) and are only an attempt to manage medically-orientated symptoms as part of total patient care.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: editorial, leadership, organization and management, palliative therapy, patient care, palliative care, patient care team, multidisciplinary care team
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Brian Nyatanga
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2018 13:33
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:23

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