In this far-ranging textbook on palliative and end of life care, John Costello and a team of palliative care specialists take a patient-centred approach. Discussing palliative and end of life care across a range of diseases and illnesses, each chapter includes real-life case studies that focus on both the patient experience and the experiences of the family members of service users. Original in its approach to palliative and end of life care, Adult Palliative Care focuses on a range of non-cancer conditions. Thoughtfully balancing theory with practice, and interprofessional in its scope, Adult Palliative Care would benefit any health professional dealing with or working in the field of palliative and end of life care.

Supporting families and lay caregivers on the palliative care journey

Supporting families and lay caregivers on the palliative care journey
Anne Golden

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the role of the specialist social worker in palliative care
  • Gain an understanding of the nature of social work in the palliative care multidisciplinary team (MDT)
  • Understand the role of social workers in supporting grieving patients and family members before and after death

Introduction

This chapter will consider the role of the specialist palliative care social worker in a palliative care context. It looks at the role that social work plays in providing both emotional and practical support for people with life-limiting conditions and their families and carers, and the nature of some of the support available. It then ...

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