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Palliative Social Work: An African Perspective 

Palliative Social Work: An African Perspective
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Palliative Social Work: An African Perspective
Author(s):

Jennifer Jane Hunt

and Valerie Maasdorp

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0059
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date: 09 April 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 social work in Africa is, and needs to be, an adaptation of traditional Western palliative social work.

Poverty and practical needs dominate palliative social work and leave little time for emotional care.

Palliative social work training and resultant human resource constraints continue to limit expansion of palliative social work in Africa.

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