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Emerging Opportunities for Palliative Social Workers 

Emerging Opportunities for Palliative Social Workers
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Emerging Opportunities for Palliative Social Workers
Author(s):

Robin Rudy Lawson

and Kelly M. McHenry

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0032
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date: 28 March 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:

Palliative care usually begins for patients with organ failure or neurological illness at the end of life.

Unique challenges exist for patients and caregivers due to the progressive nature of these illnesses and the impact on physical, emotional, and cognitive functioning.

Palliative social workers can play a key role beginning at time of diagnosis and through the end of life for patients and families dealing with these chronic, progressive disorders.

Specific interventions can enhance outcomes for patients, families, and caregivers living with the uncertainty of progressive, incurable illness.

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