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SOcial Service Interventions 

SOcial Service Interventions
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SOcial Service Interventions
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Mary Ann Malone

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10.1093/med/9780199392742.003.0039
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date: 23 October 2019

As with other professions involved with the care of persons with HIV/AIDS, social work is undergoing changes that have had a positive effect on the quality of care for patients. This chapter presents some of the changes in social work practice and provides references from literature citing innovative work to support the current trends. The need for interdisciplinary teamwork among the disciplines involved, with emphasis on patients’ adherence to their medical care, is highlighted. A New York State–sponsored program to help promote adherence is discussed. A biopsychosocial approach to patient care is evident throughout the chapter. This biopsychosocial approach, implemented through collaboration among disciplines, has been a mainstay of social work practice over the years and is likely to remain so for years to come.

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