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Palliative Social Work in the Intensive Care Unit 

Palliative Social Work in the Intensive Care Unit
Palliative Social Work in the Intensive Care Unit

Andrew J. McCormick

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date: 29 June 2022

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:

Palliative care in the intensive care unit (ICU) is part of both the rescue culture of critical care and the hospice culture of palliative medicine.

Palliative care begins with admission to the ICU and continues as a patient's medical condition improves sufficiently to leave the ICU, stabilizes and no longer responds to ICU intervention, or declines toward death.

The social worker's ecological approach is a unique contribution to palliative care.

Social worker activities humanize the decision-making process for family members.

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