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J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2016 Oct-Dec;12(4):316-330.

Advancing Hospice and Palliative Care Social Work Leadership in Interprofessional Education and Practice.

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a Cancer Services Planning and Performance , St. Michael's Hospital , Toronto , Ontario , Canada.
b Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work , University of Toronto , Toronto , Ontario , Canada.
c Division of Internal Medicine , University of Louisville School of Medicine , Louisville , Kentucky , USA.
d Kent School of Social Work , University of Louisville , Louisville , Kentucky , USA.
e Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice, School of Social Work , The University of Texas at Austin , Austin , Texas , USA.
f Health, Disabilities and Aging, School of Social Work , University of Minnesota , St. Paul , Minnesota , USA.
g University of Utah College of Nursing , Salt Lake City , Utah , USA.


The importance of interprofessional collaboration in achieving high quality outcomes, improving patient quality of life, and decreasing costs has been growing significantly in health care. Palliative care has been viewed as an exemplary model of interprofessional care delivery, yet best practices in both interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional practice (IPP) in the field are still developing. So, too, is the leadership of hospice and palliative care social workers within IPE and IPP. Generating evidence regarding best practices that can prepare social work professionals for collaborative practice is essential. Lessons learned from practice experiences of social workers working in hospice and palliative care can inform educational efforts of all professionals. The emergence of interprofessional education and competencies is a development that is relevant to social work practice in this field. Opportunities for hospice and palliative social workers to demonstrate leadership in IPE and IPP are presented in this article.


Collaborative practice; interprofessional competencies; leadership

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