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Social Work and Genetics

John M. Quillin, Jaclyn Miller and Joann N. Bodurtha

in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739110
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199975143 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0049
Social Work and Genetics

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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:

Genetics contributes to the etiology and expression of significant health conditions and well-being at all stages of the life span, including genetic legacy issues at the end of life.

The conceptualization of family includes social, psychological, environmental, and genetic interactions.

Interdisciplinary teamwork with medical geneticists and genetic counselors becomes an increasingly important component of social work practice as genetic information, a complex subject open to misinterpretations, ethical debate, and highly personal decision making, continues to evolve rapidly.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Communication Skills ; Community Medical Services

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