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Social work in palliative care 

Social work in palliative care
Social work in palliative care

Terry Altilio

and Nina Laing

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date: 16 May 2022

The early link of palliative social work clinicians in the United Kingdom and the United States provided a foundation for the evolving specialty of social work in palliative care which continues to be enriched by social work practitioners across the world. Social workers practise in diverse settings and have the opportunity to move palliative care values and processes beyond hospitals and hospices to nursing homes, prisons, and senior centres. This chapter discuss how palliative care social work skills are a rich opportunity to serve patients, families, teams, and institutions. It begins with a section introducing social work in palliative care and moves on to discuss the convergence and synergy of social work with palliative care. Issues such as assessment and intervention (including confidentiality, assessment, culture, and family meetings) are then introduced and roles and responsibilities in social work teams are discussed. Finally a patient family narrative is presented.

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