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Social Work, Self-Advocates, and Users of Palliative Care 

Social Work, Self-Advocates, and Users of Palliative Care
Social Work, Self-Advocates, and Users of Palliative Care

Beresford Peter

and Croft Suzy

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date: 03 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:

Social work is being impacted internationally by a major new initiative related to self-advocacy, user or consumer involvement in the services people receive.

Social work has been a pioneer of innovation in this field.

This major development has begun to move forward into the context of palliative social work.

Understanding the historical, policy, and the philosophical context will assist social workers to embrace collaboration with consumers of palliative care as a natural extension of the profession's commitment to advocacy.

There are existing learning and positive experiences that provide a basis for moving forward to effectively engage consumers in the crafting of the palliative services to the benefit of recipients, practitioners, and policy makers.

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