Social Work in End-of-life and Palliative Care

Social Work in End-of-life and Palliative Care

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For students and practitioners, Reith, a social worker at a hospital in Surrey, UK, and Payne, who works in policy and development at a hospice in London, UK, provide an introduction to social work skills and practice in end-of-life and palliative care. They discuss the development of palliative care, the role of social work, the social and psychological processed involved in death and dying, the importance of awareness and communication about death in end-of-life situations, intervention, engaging with clients, dealing with grief and bereavement, developing multi-professional work with colleagues in health care services, ethics, and interventions such as group work and community involvement. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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This succinct yet comprehensive book written by Margaret Reith and Malcolm Payne combines the authors' more than 70 years of social work experience to provide a definitive introduction to social work practice in end-of-life and palliative care.

Reith and Payne trace the development of palliative care and the important role of social work within it. The book's unique sociological focus on required practitioner knowledge of death, dying, and bereavement helps balance out the prevalent psychological focus of other books in the field. Chapters in the book focus on practice skills and interventions. Extensive use of case materials throughout the text help students and practitioners juggle the precarious balance of helping their clients keep hope for the future while understanding the truth that people are moving towards death. Unlike many books that focus on medical issues, this book addresses ethical issues faced by social workers and helps them guide their clients through this difficult journey.

Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Lyceum Books, c2009
ISBN: 9781933478586
Characteristics: xv, 239 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Payne, Malcolm 1947-


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