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Emerging Opportunities for Palliative Social Workers

Robin Rudy Lawson and Kelly M. McHenry

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/9780199739110.003.0032
Emerging Opportunities for Palliative Social Workers

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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 care usually begins for patients with organ failure or neurological illness at the end of life.

Unique challenges exist for patients and caregivers due to the progressive nature of these illnesses and the impact on physical, emotional, and cognitive functioning.

Palliative social workers can play a key role beginning at time of diagnosis and through the end of life for patients and families dealing with these chronic, progressive disorders.

Specific interventions can enhance outcomes for patients, families, and caregivers living with the uncertainty of progressive, incurable illness.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Communication Skills ; Community Medical Services

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