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Changes in Emotion Work at Interdisciplinary Conferences Following Clinical Supervision in a Palliative Outpatient Ward.

  • Academic Journal
  • Qualitative Health Research; Jul2008, Vol. 18 Issue 7, p913-927, 15p
  • In this article, I describe changes in emotion work at weekly interdisciplinary conferences in a palliative' outpatient ward following clinical supervision (CS). I conceive emotions as constantly negotiated in interaction, and I researched the similarity between how this is done during CS and at interdisciplinary conferences following CS. In this respect, CS is seen as a particular discursive practice for emotion work. The findings show how conferences following supervision become inspired by the "language game" in CS, initiating metaperspectives on the care and treatment of patients. These metaperspectives illuminate a dual aspect of care in the sense that it serves the needs not only of patients but also team members. I argue that this recognition captures one of the great challenges in palliative care, namely, to separate the carer's own needs and emotions from those of patients. I therefore conclude that CS enhances professional development and may prevent burnout in palliative care. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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