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Social Work and Bioethics: Enhanced Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas and the Challenges along the Way 

Social Work and Bioethics: Enhanced Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas and the Challenges along the Way
Chapter:
Social Work and Bioethics: Enhanced Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas and the Challenges along the Way
Source:
Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work
Author(s):

Gary L. Stein

and Jeanne Kerwin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0051

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:

Collaboration among ethics consultants and the social workers involved in patient and family care is the key to successful resolution of ethical dilemmas.

Effective partnerships among social workers and bioethics consultants require social workers who are both informed about and skilled in applying the principles of bioethical analysis and recognizing the parameters of current ethical concerns.

For social workers, collaboration aids in a better understanding of the clinical and ethical issues involved in patient care, thereby leading to improved “translation” of these matters to patients and families.

Social workers require leadership skills to enhance their roles, active participation, and visibility on interdisciplinary hospital care teams, including ethics committees.

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