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Mental Health Risk in Palliative Care: The Social Work Role 

Mental Health Risk in Palliative Care: The Social Work Role
Chapter:
Mental Health Risk in Palliative Care: The Social Work Role
Source:
Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work
Author(s):

Katherine Walsh

and Susan Hedlund

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0017

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:

Social workers are essential members of the interdisciplinary team performing the functions of assessing and addressing psychosocial distress across the continuum of care.

Differential diagnosis of mental health disorders is a requisite skill for social workers in palliative care, as accurate assessment will determine the effectiveness of the treatment plan.

Cognitive/behavioral interventions can be helpful for patients experiencing anxiety and depression as well as other symptoms of distress such as sleep disturbance and lack of hope.

Treatment plans to address mental health risk involve interdisciplinary collaboration and include both medication and psychosocial interventions

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