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The Social Work Role in Pain and Symptom Management

John G. Cagle and Terry Altilio

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0025
The Social Work Role in Pain and Symptom Management

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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:

Palliative social workers have an instrumental role to play in the assessment and management of physical symptoms.

Pain and symptoms occur within and are influenced by a complex interplay of physical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions.

Social workers who are vigilant about physical symptoms inquire about them during every patient contact.

Although additional research is needed, a number of promising evidence-informed interventions are available for social workers to employ with patients experiencing symptom distress.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Communication Skills ; Community Medical Services ; Pain Medicine

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