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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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Psychosocial Services at the End of Life

Psychosocial Services at the End of Life

(p.325) 27 Psychosocial Services at the End of Life
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Irene Gutheil

Margaret Souza

Oxford University Press

The role of the social worker in end-of-life care starts before illness or crisis strikes and continues after death occurs. Social workers may enter this continuum at various points, depending on the practice setting. This chapter provides an overview of social work practice in end-of-life care. In highlighting psychosocial components, as well as the concrete needs, it underscores the valuable and diverse roles that social workers perform in working with dying persons and their families.

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

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