Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Delivering Specialty-Aligned Palliative Care

Richard E. Leiter, Kara E. Bischoff, Elise C. Carey, Samantha L. Gelfand, Anand S. Iyer, Nelia Jain, Neha M. Kramer, Kate Lally, Michael J. Landzberg, Natasha Lever, Kristina Newport, Arden O’Donnell, Arpan Patel, Kate R. Sciacca, Jennifer M. Snaman, James A. Tulsky, William E. Rosa, Joshua R. Lakin

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Specialty-aligned palliative care (SAPC) refers to interprofessional palliative care (PC) that is delivered to a specific population of patients in close partnership with other primary or specialty clinicians. As evolving PC models address physical, psychosocial, and spiritual suffering across illnesses and settings, PC clinicians must acquire advanced knowledge of disease-specific symptoms, common treatments, and complications that impact prognosis and outcomes. The tips provided in this article draw on the experience and knowledge of interprofessional PC and other specialist clinicians from diverse institutions across the United States who have developed and studied SAPC services across different disease groups. Recommendations include focusing on approaching specialty team partnerships with humility, curiosity, and diplomacy; focusing on patient populations where PC needs are great; clarifying how work and responsibilities will be divided between PC and other clinicians to the extent possible; using consults as opportunities for bidirectional learning; and adapting workflows and schedules to meet specialty team needs while managing expectations and setting limits as appropriate. Furthermore, to provide effective SAPC, PC clinicians must learn about the specific symptoms, prognoses, and common treatments of the patients they are serving. They must also build trusting relationships and maintain open communication with patients and referring clinicians to ensure integrated and aligned PC delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1401-1407
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of palliative medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Nursing
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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