Social Work Practice in Pediatric Palliative and End-of-Life Care: Challenges and Opportunities

1st Edition

Barbara L. Jones

Routledge
Published July 28, 2014
Reference - 110 Pages
ISBN 9781138778764 - CAT# Y166870

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Summary

As an essential and emerging practice, Pediatric palliative care seeks to prevent and relieve suffering for children with life-threatening conditions. Palliative care teams are composed of providers of various disciplines, including social workers, who collaborate to address the medical, social-emotional, and spiritual needs of the child, and their families. Social workers are especially accustomed to interdisciplinary care and may counsel, provide resources, facilitate communication, and promote person- and family-centered practices that are the basis of effective pediatric palliative care. This book presents practice strategies, experiential knowledge, and research related to practicing in─collaborative teams, ICU settings, and hospice. It also presents research that is informed by the perceptions and perspectives of bereaved parents, parents who have suffered a stillbirth, and parent caregivers of children with life-limiting illness. This book highlights the unique role social workers play, within care teams and in relationship with children who have life-limiting illness, and their families.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care.

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