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Health Social Work

Sarah Gehlert

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online December 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0028
Health Social Work

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Health social workers provide psychosocial support to individuals, families, and communities that are faced with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses, such as cancer, epilepsy, or AIDS. They are also active in efforts to prevent illnesses. They advise caregivers, counsel patients and their families and wider social networks, and help plan for needs at multiple levels. Health social workers are key members of cross-disciplinary teams in practice and research. They work closely with community stakeholders in community-based participatory research and other types of community collaborations to promote health. Health social workers may work as practitioners and researchers employed by universities, hospitals, nursing and personal care facilities, individual and family services agencies, or local governments. They also serve as policy makers and advocates. This entry identifies health social work resources with specific reference to social work’s adaptation of clinical practice and social and health care policy in a variety of health care settings. While the identified references are focused on social work applications, relevant ones dealing with clinical and policy-relevant issues that originate in other health professions also are listed.

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Subjects: Social Work

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