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Stronger together: how to implement oncology and palliative care co-management


Outpatient palliative care is increasingly delivered through co-management, a collaborative model of care that enables palliative care clinicians and oncologists to coordinate efforts. Here, we offer a distillation of our experience with co-management at a large teaching hospital. We describe three strategies to implement co-management: a shared understanding of each subspecialty, a shared framework to help patients cultivate prognostic awareness, and a shared vision for the clinical goals. We hope that this synthesis will foster the development of co-management.

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