A synerdisciplinary music therapy treatment team approach for hospice and palliative care

A synerdisciplinary music therapy treatment team approach for hospice and palliative care

Abstract

The role of the clinician on the multi-dimensional palliative care treatment team continues to evolve, expand, and be re-defined as patients and families are successfully served in and by music therapy. The terms interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary are often used to describe such inclusive treatment teams. A new term, synerdisciplinary, is offered, which builds and expands on previous terms. The stimulus for using this new term comes from the author's personal and professional experiences working as a clinician in hospice and palliative care. The related term synergetic is also considered as it relates to music therapy teams themselves within hospice and palliative care organizations. In this case, it refers to music therapists working together as a department with differing but complementary treatment approaches, philosophies, and orientations to their work in palliative and hospice music therapy.

 

Keywords: music therapy; hospice; palliative; treatment team


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Date published: July 2004