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Palliative Social Work: An Historical Perspective 

Palliative Social Work: An Historical Perspective
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Palliative Social Work: An Historical Perspective
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Bernice Catherine Harper

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0002
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date: 27 November 2020

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:

Address the historical perspectives and foci relative to medical social work in health care and its evolving synergy with hospice care and palliative care

Include a discussion of the legislative and political issues that affected both the social work profession and institutions in which social workers practice

Give impetus to the importance of social work's contribution to the interdisciplinary aspects of helping patients and families confronting catastrophic diseases and life-threatening illnesses

Contribute a personal and historic perspective that helps to build a foundation for the balance of the textbook

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