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The Social Work Role in Decision Making: Ethical, Psychosocial, and Cultural Perspectives

Tracy Borgmeyer

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/9780199739110.003.0068
The Social Work Role in Decision Making: Ethical, Psychosocial, and Cultural Perspectives

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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:

The role of palliative social workers in the health care decision-making process is multifaceted.

Various psychosocial and spiritual circumstances influence decisions made by patients and their families.

Cultural backgrounds and beliefs influence the illness experience as well as the social work role and response in serving patients and families of diverse cultures.

Advance directives have value and limitations in the process of medical decision making.

Conversations about personal preferences, values, and beliefs are essential to the decision-making process.

Social work skills in palliative care include the application of ethical principles and an understanding of the competing ethical principles often encountered in the decision-making process.

Knowledge of ethical principles leads to the responsibility to advocate and educate within the health care teams and the institution.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Communication Skills ; Community Medical Services

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