Collective soul: The spirituality of an interdisciplinary palliative care team
Although spirituality as it relates to patients is gaining increasing attention, less is known about how health care professionals ~HCP! experience spirituality personally or collectively in the workplace. This study explores the collective spirituality of an interdisciplinary palliative care team, by studying how individuals felt about their own spirituality, whether there was a shared sense of a team spirituality, how spirituality related to the care the team provided to patients and whether they felt that they provided spiritual care. A qualitative autoethnographic approach was used. The study was conducted in a 10-bed Tertiary Palliative Care Unit ~TPCU! in a large acute-care referral hospital and cancer center. Interdisciplinary team members of the TPCU were invited to participate in one-to-one interviews and0or focus groups. Five interviews and three focus groups were conducted with a total of 20 participants.
Spirituality, Interdisciplinary teams, Palliative, end-of-life care, Palliative care unit, Hospice
Sinclair, Shane, et al. (2006). Collective soul: The spirituality of an interdisciplinary palliative care team, Palliative and Supportive Care, 4.