I am a senior lecturer at the Department of Health Care Sciences and my research pertains to teamwork in specialized palliative care.
2016 PhD Medical Science
2007 MSN Pedagogy, care sciences
2003 BSN Pedagogy, care sciences
1996 RN Registered Nurse
Member of the Regional Cancer Center’s Palliative Care Council.
My thesis focused on teamwork within specialized palliative care. Teamwork is the recommended model for care delivery as highlighted by leading organization in palliative care, both nationally and internationally. In their Recommendations and guidelines for palliative care, the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare conclude that we do not yet have sufficient knowledge regarding the best way to organize care, even though teamwork remains recommended. How care is organized has an impact on persons in need of palliative care and their families. Findings from my thesis suggest that members in specialized palliative care in Sweden work in an integrated manner and patients and families, cared for at home, experience security and continuity of care through the teams’ work. To optimize teamwork in specialized palliative home care, focusing on team effectiveness by clarifying roles and responsibilities in the team and by developing clear team processes, is suggested. Furthermore, results indicate that well-functioning teams are more effective in their work. Patients and families suggest that team availability, a collective approach and sensitivity to changing needs are crucial for experiences of security and continuity of care. Knowledge, skills and attitudes are important to develop through education for team members and that talking as well as reflecting on teamwork is imperative for quality improvement.
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