Journal Article

Public Health Approaches to Palliative Care: The Role of the Hospice Social Worker Working with Children Experiencing Bereavement

Sally Paul

in The British Journal of Social Work

Volume 43, issue 2, pages 249-263
Published in print March 2013 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online February 2013 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bct017
Public Health Approaches to Palliative Care: The Role of the Hospice Social Worker Working with Children Experiencing Bereavement

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In Western societies, death, dying and palliative care are surrounded by confusion and ignorance, with specialist palliative care only available to the lucky few ( Kellehear, 2007). A public health approach to palliative care has been recognised for the contribution it can make to meaningful end-of-life care. Such approaches have gained increased literature and policy focus and practice examples exist worldwide. In the UK, end-of-life care policy documents have highlighted the significance of a public health approach. They identify action to challenge stigma associated with death and dying to enable positive end-of-life care experiences. This paper discusses contemporary thinking around death and dying and how this relates to public health approaches to palliative care. It outlines the social work role in end-of-life care and discusses the significance of a public health approach drawing on practice experience as a hospice social worker involved in the facilitation of a children's bereavement service. It argues that social work has a significant role in the development of public health approaches to palliative care.

Keywords: Public health approach to palliative care; hospice care; death; bereavement; community engagement

Journal Article.  5596 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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