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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Roles of Social Workers in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Roles of Social Workers in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

(p.315) 26 Roles of Social Workers in Palliative and End-of-Life Care
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Judith L. Howe

Louisa Daratsos

Oxford University Press

As the World War II and baby boomer generations age, social work practice in the area of palliative and end-of-life care is becoming increasingly complex. Social workers are involved in palliative care no matter what setting or what population they find themselves in, because death and dying are universal experiences. This chapter addresses the settings of care for social work practice in palliative care, the role of the social worker in delivering palliative care, the social worker's role in assessment and service provision, psychosocial and financial resources, cultural and spiritual issues, and bereavement support services.

Keywords:   palliative care, end-of-life care, aging, elderly, social work practice

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