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Palliative Social Work: An African Perspective

Jennifer Jane Hunt and Valerie Maasdorp

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/9780199739110.003.0059
Palliative Social Work: An African Perspective

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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 work in Africa is, and needs to be, an adaptation of traditional Western palliative social work.

Poverty and practical needs dominate palliative social work and leave little time for emotional care.

Palliative social work training and resultant human resource constraints continue to limit expansion of palliative social work in Africa.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Communication Skills ; Community Medical Services

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