Home-Based Palliative Care

Elena Davis-Stenhouse, Kennan Moore and Becky Niemeyer

in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work

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Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739110
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199975143 | DOI:
Home-Based Palliative Care

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This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Home palliative care is a type of specialty palliative care practice that includes a variety of different practice models, with and without social workers, designed to meet the needs of persons living at home with chronic, advanced, and, in some cases, terminal illnesses.

Home palliative care is a relatively new, still evolving specialty practice that requires additional research to develop, maintain, and advance best social work practice standards.

Palliative social workers are poised to impact the future of home palliative care with their unique approach to considering the “person in environment,” sensitivity to safeguarding the needs of vulnerable and oppressed populations, and dedication to quality transdisciplinary care.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Communication Skills ; Community Medical Services

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