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The Social Work Role in Pain and Symptom Management 

The Social Work Role in Pain and Symptom Management
The Social Work Role in Pain and Symptom Management

John G. Cagle

and Terry Altilio

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date: 05 July 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 social workers have an instrumental role to play in the assessment and management of physical symptoms.

Pain and symptoms occur within and are influenced by a complex interplay of physical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions.

Social workers who are vigilant about physical symptoms inquire about them during every patient contact.

Although additional research is needed, a number of promising evidence-informed interventions are available for social workers to employ with patients experiencing symptom distress.

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