Referral Relationship: Illuminating the Ways Palliative Care Creates a Holding Environment for Referring Clinicians

Keri O. Brenner*, Jessica Logeman, Leah B. Rosenberg, Daniel Shalev, Vicki A. Jackson, Michelle Seaton, Juliet C. Jacobsen, Linda L. Emanuel

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

8 Scopus citations

Abstract

Palliative care supports referring colleagues in multiples ways. This support to referring colleagues is not often explored in the literature, yet the psychological concept that best describes it is the holding environment. The holding environment is the relational space palliative care offers referring clinicians for processing emotions and information. Using the case of Gloria, a patient living with cancer, this article discusses ways palliative care creates a holding environment for her referring oncologist, Dr. Ko. As palliative care clinicians, we create this relational space for referring clinicians when we change the dynamic, accompany the clinician, recognize challenges, establish expectations, and share a clinical second look. This article is the sixth in a series exploring the psychological elements of palliative care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of palliative medicine
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2022

Keywords

  • Holding environment
  • Joint visit
  • Psychological elements palliative care
  • Referring clinician

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • General Nursing

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Referral Relationship: Illuminating the Ways Palliative Care Creates a Holding Environment for Referring Clinicians'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this