More lessons from a hematology/oncology psychosocial conference: Focusing on issues that confront the medical team

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Focuses on the hematology/oncology team by discussing 7 issues that occur so frequently during the author's psychosocial conferences that they warrant special attention. These issues represent dilemmas to the team and often trigger all-too-human defenses and responses. They affect what work the team does and how they do it. The fact that many of these issues reverberate through the other levels of the system at the same time further complicates the workings of the team. The 7 issues are: (1) multiple losses and their impact, (2) timing, (3) mental disorders, (4) team boundaries, (5) culture and religion, (6) team members, and (7) other professional relationships. These 7 sets of issues, with their infinite permutations, can compromise clinical care. When this occurs it is the consultant's job to assist the team member to make sense out of the events and behaviors that confront them. Once these issues are understood, more sensitive and appropriate care generally follows. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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