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KEY FEATURES: • Realistic cases with engaging fictional stories prepare students for the types of issues and situations they will confront in their social work careers. • A foundational section midway through each case provides critical background information needed to better understand relevant social issues so students are prepared to consider the dilemmas from an informed position. • Discussion questions challenge students to think critically about vital issues, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of competing solutions, explore policy alternatives, and grapple with realities such as the unintended consequences of any decision. • A critical analysis writing assignment accompanying each case requires students to demonstrate an understanding of the issue, take a stand on it, and back up their position with evidence from the case.

End-of-Life Care, Costs, Concerns, and Conflict: Too Much of the Wrong Kind of Care?
Chapter 4 end-of-life care, costs, concerns, and conflict: too much of the wrong kind of care?

I so desperately need to get on my bike and hit the trails, Katie thought on the bus ride home from work. Either that, or open up a pint of Ben and Jerry’s double fudge. Not that I won’t end up doing both.

Until very recently, if asked, Katie would have without hesitation declared that she loved her position as a medical social worker at Regis Memorial Hospital. She had landed a job at Regis after completing her internship there while pursuing her undergraduate degree. In the 10 years since she was first hired, she obtained ...

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