Advancing social work practice in end-of-life care

Title

Advancing social work practice in end-of-life care

Creator

Christ GH; Sormanti M

Publisher

Social Work In Health Care

Date

1999

Subject

Humans; United States; Palliative Care; Terminal Care; Health Care Surveys; Education; Focus Groups; bereavement; continuing; New York City; Social Work/education; New Jersey

Description

Insufficient training of health professionals has often been cited as a major barrier to improving the system of care for dying patients and for the bereaved. Although specific problems have been identified for physicians and nurses, the problems of social work in this substantive area have only recently been explored. This study used a practitioner survey, focus groups, and a survey of faculty of schools of social work to broaden the information base. Results suggested that not unlike the professions of medicine and nursing, social work knowledge and skill development in the care of the dying is uneven and not integrated sufficiently with theoretical concepts and research. Social workers felt unprepared for this work by their master's level training and unsupported by continuing education programs. They recognized few social work scholars who could function as role models by providing comprehensive training, knowledge building, innovation, and advocacy. A program for leadership development was created to test new approaches to professional development in the care of the dying and the bereaved.
1999

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

81-99

Issue

2

Volume

30

Citation

Christ GH; Sormanti M, “Advancing social work practice in end-of-life care,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 16, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11789.

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