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Novakovix, A. (2001). Work with Dying Patients: Team Dynamics and Team Work. Psychoanal. Psychother., 15(3):279-294.

(2001). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 15(3):279-294

Work with Dying Patients: Team Dynamics and Team Work

Aleksandra Novakovix

This paper addresses some issues in palliative-care work that emerged in a short-term staff-support group, and shows that work with terminally-ill cancer patients had an impact on the staff and team as a whole. In dealing with distressing and disturbing feelings related to work with dying patients, the staff used manic defences and denial of differences within the team.

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