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96 Competing Against Time: the Challenge of Interdisciplinary Working in Palliative Care
  1. Janet Leitch, Nurse Therapist,
  2. Jacci Smyth, Social Worker and
  3. Gerarding Cunningham, Professional Officer
  1. Marie Curie Cancer Care, Belfast
  2. Northern Ireland Social Care Council, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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An interdisciplinary approach is indebted to those who have specialised in one profession. There is a shared conviction that traditional disciplines are unable to address all problems. Interdisciplinary working maximises creativity and creates an enhancement of both sets of expertise, fosters specialist expertise and increases their ability to solve problems. It also ensures the centrality of the patient, who avoids …

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