Hospice social work: a search for identity

Title

Hospice social work: a search for identity

Creator

MacDonald D

Publisher

Health & Social Work

Date

1991

Subject

Humans; United States; Aged; Social Work; Role; Philosophy; Hospice Care/psychology; Hospices/trends

Description

This article describes social work's contribution to hospice philosophy and practice, calls attention to the lack of a distinct social work function on hospice teams, and examines various ways to resolve the problem of social work identity in hospice care. Insights from recent peer discussions of hospice social workers tend to support Kulys and Davis's (1986) earlier findings that psychosocial care is provided regularly by hospice team members other than social workers. Options for strengthening the hospice social work role are discussed, including the development of more specific therapeutic techniques and social work leadership in conducting applied research. The importance of maintaining a value-based, critical perspective is stressed.
1991

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

274-280

Issue

4

Volume

16

Citation

MacDonald D, “Hospice social work: a search for identity,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 31, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12038.

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