Social Work in Palliative Care

WK 11 socw 8205 Discussion 2: Social Work in Palliative Care

Palliative care refers to specialized medical care that focuses on providing relief from physical symptoms and improving the quality of life of patients and caregivers. Palliative care can be provided to patients with any medical condition at any stage of illness to relieve symptoms. It can be a patient’s primary treatment (which is often the case with end-of-life care), or it can be provided in combination with standard medical treatments. Palliative care team members work alongside a patient’s medical team and can include professionals from multiple disciplines, including doctors, nurses, social workers, and chaplains.

To prepare for this Discussion:

Review this week’s resources. Think about the circumstances, timing, payment, and other features related to palliative care.

Post a description of perceptions of palliative care from the perspective of a 300 to 500 words question or topic in bold then answers

Patient

Caregiver

Social worker

Then, explain the roles of social workers in providing palliative care.

Compare and contrast the fundamental differences between palliative care and hospice care.

Explain medical conditions where you might consider palliative care over hospice care for a patient. Justify your position.

Use examples to illustrate your case.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources and the current literature using appropriate APA format and style and intext citations

Resources

Sanders, S., & Swails, P. (2011). A quest for meaning: Hospice social workers and patients with end-stage dementia. Social Work, 56(2), 129–140.

Waldrop, D. P., & Meeker, M. A. (2012). Hospice decision making: Diagnosis makes a difference. Gerontologist, 52(5), 686–697.

Beder, J. (2006). Hospital social work: The interface of medicine and caring. New York, NY: Routledge.

Chapter 5, “The Hospice Social Worker” (pp. 45–55)

McCoyd, J. L. M., & Kerson, T. S., (Eds.). (2016). Social work in health settings: Practice in context (4th ed.) New York, NY: Routledge.

Chapter 20, “Geriatric Social Work in a Community Hospital: High-Tough, Low-Tech Work in a High-Tech, Low-Touch Environment” (pp. 249-259)

Gehlert, S., & Browne, T. (Eds.). (2019). Handbook of health social work (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Chapter 22, “Pain Management and Palliative Care” (pp. 525-562)

American Cancer Society. (2013) Hospice care. Retrieved from http:/www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/002868-pdf.pdf

Caring Connections. (n.d.). Palliative care questions and answers. Retrieved from http://caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3355

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