For palliative care teams, facilitating and maintaining relationships with referring clinicians is a constant area of focus. Consistently receiving appropriate referrals stimulates growth, and keeps programs thriving. Though the dynamics may vary from institution to institution, palliative care specialists share common obstacles when it comes to building these essential relationships. Most often, it begins with effectively showing how palliative care can support the efforts of clinicians as all parties work together to give seriously ill patients the best care possible.
Below are three proven strategies to increasing referrals.
1) Walk in Their Shoes
Andy E. Esch, MD: “I think the most important thing is to understand why they wanted my involvement in that particular patient’s case.”
2) Communicate Often
Sharika Newman, DO: “Talk with them, because they have the same problems you do. Everyone wants to be their best self.”
3) Activate the Advocates
Lori Yosick, MSW, LISW: “One of the things most physicians care about is time. We say ‘we can give you the gift of time.’”
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